A Maine school district will pay $75,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit because a transgender girl (who’s biologically male) was told to use a private staff restroom, rather than the girls’ room, reports AP.
Nicole Maines was using the girls’ bathroom in her Orono elementary school until the grandfather of a fifth-grade boy complained to administrators.
Physically male students will share locker rooms and showers with girls, warned the Minnesota Child Protection League.
“Just the mere presence of a male in a girls’ bathroom I can tell you is going to make those girls feel uncomfortable, intimidated, and the potential for them to be emotionally distraught over that certainly exists,” said Michele Lentz, state coordinator for the Minnesota Child Protection League.
In addition, girls will have to compete with bigger, more muscular males, said Lentz.
Only about five transgender students a year in the entire country ask to be on a team that’s not aligned with their birth gender, said Helen Carroll, sports project director for The National Center for Lesbian Rights.
. . . A 2011 NCAA report found that transgender athletes had no competitive advantage over non-transgender athletes.
Sharing showers isn’t a problem, because transgender girls “are very private people,” said Carroll. “They want to have privacy areas in the locker room, they don’t want to shower with other students.”
What if a transgender girl wants to assert her right to use the locker room like other girls?