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Transgender student wins bathroom access fight

A transgender student at Williamsville High School in central Illinois who was born female but identifies as male will be able to use the men’s bathroom.
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WILLIAMSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A transgender student at Williamsville High School in central Illinois who was born female but identifies as male will be able to use the men’s bathroom.

Alex McCray recently resolved a complaint he filed in October with the Illinois Department of Human Rights. Under the agreement, he and other transgender students will have equal access to gender-appropriate restrooms and locker rooms at the school.

A press release from the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois says McCray previously was required to use a single-occupant restroom rather than the restrooms used by the other boys in his class.

School Superintendent David Root tells The (Springfield) State Journal-Register that the district thought that solution would make everyone feel safe and comfortable and it didn’t intend to make any student feel discriminated against.