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    In my experience, kids are very tolerant about these sort of things. Funny that other members think otherwise, but I would guess the majority of teenagers would like their classmates to be able to choose the bathroom they feel is most appropriate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamattorney View Post
    In my experience, kids are very tolerant about these sort of things. Funny that other members think otherwise, but I would guess the majority of teenagers would like their classmates to be able to choose the bathroom they feel is most appropriate.
    Couldn't agree with this more. I have 3 teenagers and not one of them would be offended. In fact, they would be offended at anyone thinking they would care about a transgender kid in the bathroom with them. And I am pretty comfortable saying their friends would feel the same way. The kids I happen to know are incredibly open, accepting, and tolerant of gender identity issues. In one of my kids' Homecoming "groups" last year there were at least 3 other kids who openly identified themselves on some type of transgender spectrum. Just typing this, I couldn't be more proud of those kids. It breaks my heart to think of any of those amazing kids reading some of the posts that are on this thread.

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    If you are a male and truly living as a female and you use the woman's bathroom, are most people going to care or notice? It does seem like in the world of being PC, we create a policy for every exception, no matter how small. I question if that's necessary. Here's my question - What if you have male that identifies as a female and they play soccer, tennis, basketball? Which team do they play on? I realize I switched topics, but wondering if this issue is going to come up next.
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    It's an issue and the policymakers are wading through the process as well. It's really not the locker rooms that are the issue, but there is a fear of unfair advantage in some sports (genetically male participating as female mostly I would think). IHSA has a policy: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/2bc3f...797a80ea43.pdf

    There are arguments on both sides, but really - what kind of person is going to go through this kind of upheaval/investigation for high school sports if it wasn't authentic? The answer is no one, I hope.

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    It's an issue and the policymakers are wading through the process as well. It's really not the locker rooms that are the issue, but there is a fear of unfair advantage in some sports (genetically male participating as female mostly I would think). IHSA has a policy: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/2bc3f...797a80ea43.pdf

    There are arguments on both sides, but really - what kind of person is going to go through this kind of upheaval/investigation for high school sports if it wasn't authentic? The answer is no one, I hope.
    The unfair advantage is what I meant too. Thanks for clarifying that. I would agree that I can't imagine any person would put themselves through the upheaval of saying they were transgender just so they could have an advantage on a sports team. There is so much scrutiny they are living through, it would be surprising if it was anything but authentic. It's still an issue regardless because a lot comes into play with athletics from scholarships to state championships, etc.... While that policy says IHSA will consider it, it doesn't outline guidelines for how a determination would be made. I'm sure this will play out in the public eye at some point somewhere across the state.

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