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There was some pointed fallout after an Illinois school district last week voted to give transgender students “unrestricted” access to the locker room of their identified gender.
Julia Burca — a swimmer for William Fremd High School in Palatine, which is part of District 211 in the Chicago suburbs — spoke on camera after Thursday’s 5-2 school board vote and gamely held back tears while making her case against the decision.
“I feel uncomfortable that my privacy is being invaded,” Burca told the Daily Herald, adding that because of her sport she needs to change “multiple times, naked, in front of the other students in the locker room.”
She added that she understands the school board “has an obligation to all students” but that she wishes those officials could have done something to accommodate those in situations like hers.
On the other side of the coin was Nova Maday, a transgender 2018 graduate of Palatine High School who has a discrimination lawsuit pending against the district, the paper said.
“I’m ecstatic,” Maday — who was born male but identifies as female, the Daily Herald noted — said after the vote.
Rocking pink hair and a “Queen” shirt, Maday added that “it’s a great first step. It’s huge, and school districts all across the state and nation are watching,” the paper said.
Here’s the clip: