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Aurora school district receives criticism, support for transgender policy

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AURORA, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The East Aurora School Board has overturned a policy regarding transgender students that board members unanimously approved on Monday, according to a statement from gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy group.

On Friday, school district officials met with representatives from advocacy group the Civil Rights Agenda to discuss rescinding the policy, which established several guidelines for school administrators to use when addressing transgender students, the statement said.

The executive director of the Civil Rights Agenda said the organization will pursue legal action if the board does not re-adopt the policy.

"Suits are already being written by law firms," said Anthony Martinez, the executive director of the Civil Rights Agenda. "We would like to work with the school board before taking any legal action."

Some board members said they had received emails from outraged residents and organizations across the state in opposition to the new policy.

The policy stated that transgendered and gender non-conforming students have the right use the restroom that corresponds to their gender-related identity. The student has the right to be addressed by the name they want to be called without having a court-ordered name or gender change.

In most cases, transgendered students should have access to the locker room that corresponds to their gender-related identity, according to the policy. Classes or teams that are segregated by gender should also be open to students according to the gender that the student self-identifies with.

On Tuesday, the conservative Illinois Family Institute (IFI) publicized a letter addressing the district, and asking for the repeal of the policy.

"This is a biased, radical, and offensive school board decision that all Illinois taxpayers — especially Aurora community members with or without children in school — should vigorously and tenaciously oppose," the letter stated.

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