by Julia Borman and Motoka Richnov
NY Times November 14, 2015
CHICAGO — Asked to call a transgender boy by a male name he has chosen for himself, teachers and administrators around the country have leaned toward a simple response: Sure. Allow a high school student who was born male but identifies as female to join the volleyball team? Fine.
But as transgender students assert themselves more, schools have hesitated at the locker room and the bathroom. Many have developed policies that require transgender students to use private changing and showering facilities, drawing opposition from these students, their parents and advocates who say the rules are discriminatory.
The Education Department on Monday gave school officials at a suburban Chicago high school 30 days to resolve a dispute with a transgender student who identifies as a girl and has sought to change and shower in the girls’ locker room without restrictions; otherwise, the school risks forfeiting Title IX funding. The confrontation was an echo of battles nationwide, where the locker room and often the restroom are the stage for a fierce fight over how extensively transgender students should be accommodated.