CHICAGO (CBS) — An 18-year-old transgender pupil is suing her northwest suburban college district for the fitting to make use of the locker room of her alternative to vary for fitness center class.
CBS 2’s Mai Martinez sat down for a candid dialog with Nova Maday.
“I’m identical to each different lady. I simply need to use the locker room. There’s nothing completely different about me,” Maday stated.
It has taken Maday years to speak overtly about her sexuality, however the transgender Palatine Excessive School senior is suing Township Excessive School District 211 for not giving her unrestricted entry to the ladies locker room.
“I really feel like I’m being instructed I don’t belong,” Maday stated.
Her struggle for equality at her highschool started the October of her freshman 12 months, which is when she began residing as a woman. Maday says as a substitute of being allowed to make use of the locker room, college officers stated she may change within the nurse’s workplace or a personal space.
She stated she has by no means had any of the opposite women inform her they’re uncomfortable along with her altering in the identical locker room and, in consequence, doesn’t perceive the motives behind the college district.
In a message addressing the lawsuit, Supt. Daniel Cates defended the college district’s stance saying, partly, “The allegations misrepresent the lodging prolonged to this pupil and the District’s total strategy to working with and supporting transgender college students. District 211 has supplied caring and responsive helps for transgender college students for years.”
The assertion went on to say, “The Illinois Division of Human Rights has already dismissed this case, stating there was no proof of discrimination.”
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), nonetheless, disagrees.
“Nova, as you noticed, is a woman. She is a woman identical to each different lady, and it isn’t applicable for her college district to create limitations on her just because she’s transgender,” stated Ed Yohnka, who’s with the ACLU of Illinois.
The ACLU helps Maday along with her lawsuit. Two years in the past, they had been profitable in an analogous motion taken in opposition to the identical college district involving one other transgender pupil.
Their hope is that Maday will be capable of use the locker room, with none restrictions, earlier than she graduates.