WINDY CITY TIMES
||CPS schools' restrooms now gender-inclusive
This article shared 679 times since Tue Dec 14, 2021
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has directed school leaders to post signs the district said "makes it clear that our restrooms are open for use to anyone who feels comfortable in that space," The Chicago Tribune reported.
There are three types of student bathrooms under the new district guidelines.
"Boys+" facilities have stalls and urinals, while "girls+" restrooms just have stalls; anyone is allowed to use boys+ and girls+ bathrooms. Schools must also offer single-stall restrooms available to any student. Staffers continue to have separate restrooms.
CPS representatives say the signage aligns with guidance published in June by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights affirming the rights of transgender students.
However, not all support the new policy. The Chicago Republican Party has started an online petition demanding CPS "rescind this ridiculous and disgusting policy."
This article shared 679 times since Tue Dec 14, 2021
| ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE|
|Chief Judge Evans responds to Mayor Lightfoot's request on electronic monitoring|
-- Press release from Office of the Chief Judge Cook County Circuit Court - Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans responded Jan. 19 to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's request for a moratorium on use of electronic monitoring for defendants accused of certain violent crimes by pointing out the national and state ...
|Texas' anti-trans youth sports law goes into effect|
A new Texas law bars transgender student athletes from competing on school sports teams that align with their gender identity, Houston Public Media reported. House Bill 25 is one of several laws that went into effect ...
|Rabbi taken hostage in Texas LGBTQ-friendly synagogue expresses thanks|
Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, who was among the four hostages freed Jan. 15 from a Dallas-area synagogue, said there was "no question" the experience was traumatic, and thanked the community and world for the prayers and love, ...
|NATIONAL Lambda Legal, Penn. city's change, couple on the run, Bayard Rustin|
Lambda Legal filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society, Inc. on behalf of a former employee who was fired after they and other Dallas Arboretum ...
|National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund ED urges action on voting rights|
-- From a press release - "The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund urges the U.S. Senate to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Voting rights are a cornerstone of our democratic process and ...
|Plaintiff in historic Florida marriage-equality lawsuit found dead|
In Florida, Jorge Diaz-Johnston was recently found dead in a Jackson County landfill, ABC News reported. Diaz-Johnston, 54, was reported missing on Jan. 3 near his workplace and police are investigating his death as a homicide, ...
|French gay and bisexual men can donate blood starting March 16|
Starting in March, gay and bisexual French men will no longer be restricted from donating blood, The Hill reported. "We are ending an inequality that was no longer justified," French Minister for Solidarity and Health Olivier ...
|Chicago Public Schools to reopen Jan. 12|
Following a deadlock that spanned four school days, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) approved a proposal for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to resume in-person classes Wed., Jan. 12, The Chicago Tribune reported. The delegates also voted ...
|Lightfoot announces director for new public-safety commission|
On Jan. 10, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that Adam Gross will be the first-ever executive director of the newly created Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability. "The establishment of a community-led Commission for oversight ...
|WORLD German official, museum items, cake case|
WORLD COMPILED BY WCT STAFF In Senegal, lawmakers stopped from passing to parliamentary vote a draft bill that sought to toughen already severe laws against same-sex relations, Openly News reported. Gay sex is punishable by up ...
|NATIONAL California report, AIDS foundation CEO, QueerArt, intersex bill|
California law enforcement officials conduct body searches on Black and transgender people more often than on white and cisgender people, according to a new report from California's Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory (RIPA) Board, LGBTQ Na ...
|Lightfoot, CTU still stuck in stalemate; classes canceled Jan. 10 [UPDATE]|
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) are still stuck in a stalemate over remote versus in-person learning, with classes canceled again for Jan. 10. ...
|Laws targeting TGNC youth already proposed in several states|
In the first week of 2022, officials in at least seven states have already proposed laws that would limit the rights of transgender and non-binary youth, The Hill reported. Legislators in Arizona, Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, ...
|Conversion therapy now illegal in Canada|
The conversion therapy ban has taken effect in Canada, CTVNews.ca reported. After parliamentarians came together to unanimously pass legislation to eradicate the harmful practice in late 2021, the Criminal Code sanctions came into force on Jan. ...
|WCT EXCLUSIVE Trans woman searches for justice, healing after gun violence|
Five months ago, Khalina Goodlow came to a startling realization: Her name could have been added to the long list of transgender people killed in 2021. Though her life may have been mourned by her community ...