School District 211 lawsuit dropped

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2019

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Ted Mason (312) 590-3443
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Cook County Commissioner Kevin B. Morrison releases statement on dropped District 211 lawsuit

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. –April 16, 2019—A group of parents and high school students have dropped a lawsuit seeking to restrict bathroom and locker room access for transgender students in District 211, the state’s largest high school district. The dismissal of the case in federal court means the policy that allows transgender students to use facilities that correspond with their gender identity will remain in place. Cook County Commissioner Kevin B. Morrison, who represents most of District 211 and is the first openly LGBTQ board member, released the following statement:

“This is an incredible win for the northwest suburbs and I’m happy and relieved for LGBTQ students in District 211. This lawsuit was simply an attempt to turn back the clock and intimidate schools, parents and students who believe in creating an environment that is safe and respectful of all students,” said Commissioner Kevin Morrison. “High school is hard enough without the challenges that transgender students face daily as they try to live authentically. I truly believe that we as a community set the tone and have a shared responsibility to create a safe learning environment and protect all students. We still have a lot of work ahead but I hope this is the last we see of these blatantly anti-LGBTQ lawsuits in the 15th District.”

About Cook County Commissioner Kevin B. Morrison: Cook County Commissioner Kevin B. Morrison represents the 15th District which includes the Townships of Barrington, Elk Grove, Hanover and Schaumburg, as well as parts of Palatine and Wheeling Townships. He is the youngest and first LGBTQ board member. A native of Elk Grove Village with a background in public service, Commissioner Morrison serves as Vice Chair of the Human Relations and Tax Delinquency committees and his core issues include improving access to mental health services and providing development opportunities and support for small businesses. For information, please contact the Commissioner’s office by calling (312) 603-6388 or visiting http://commissionerkevinbmorrison.org/

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