LAWRENCE — Federal education officials have ruled an Illinois school district violated anti-discrimination laws by not allowing a transgender student who identifies as female to use the girls' locker room without restrictions.
A University of Kansas researcher who studies policies surrounding transgender rights is available to discuss the case in Palatine, Illinois.
Don Haider-Markel, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, is co-editor of the book "Transgender Rights and Politics: Groups, Issue Framing & Policy Adoption." C-SPAN's book TV in a May segment featured the research.
Haider-Markel said the transgender movement often faces a steeper hill to climb than the broader gay and lesbian movement as far as trying to see transgender rights and anti-discrimination laws passed. Often issues behind use of restrooms and locker rooms become a sticking point for politicians in a debate over certain policies, he said.
"Even amongst the advocates for anti-discrimination laws based on sexual orientation, it makes them politically uncomfortable because they don't want to risk losing a whole host of other achievements by trying to include transgender rights," he said.
To arrange an interview with Haider-Markel, contact George Diepenbrock at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-864-8853.