But YMCA staff later learned the teen was transgender and determined the youth had every right to access the women's facilities. There was a transgender individual in the locker room. The protocol was explained in a letter posted Wednesday on the organization's website. The guidelines will cover all YMCA of Metro Chicago programs and services, from gym and pool facilities to summer camps and various classes.
The federal agency has said that law violates the Civil Rights Act. A few days later, the Obama administration issued a directive that all public schools treat transgender students in a manner that correlates with their gender identity, regardless of the sex indicated on their education records or identification. Nearly two dozen states have sued the federal government over that directive.
Locally, a landmark case continues in northwest suburban Palatine after the U. Department of Education found Township High School District violated Title IX when a transgender student wasn't permitted to use the girls locker room. The district then gave her access to the locker room, while also installing privacy stalls, but a group of parents and students in May filed a federal lawsuit against the Education Department and school district, arguing it created an intimidating and hostile environment for other students.
With dueling laws and lawsuits in the news, YMCA officials said some members had inquired about their organization's stance on transgender access to public facilities. Employees are directed to refer to patrons by the name and pronoun they desire, regardless of any sex listed on identification. Greg Vanderlaan, 66, who said he has been a member since the mids, called the guidelines a "big mistake.
But year-old Jake Walters said it didn't really have an impact on him. It doesn't bother me. A Michigan woman filed a lawsuit against Planet Fitness in when the national chain revoked her membership alleging she repeatedly complained about a transgender woman in the women's changing area; the gym has said its patrons are allowed to use the public facilities of their choice based on "sincere self-reported gender identity.
The YMCA then revised its policy to allow transgender patrons this kind of access only at adult facilities but not at family facilities, which LGBT advocates decried as discriminatory. By the end of , that YMCA returned to its original policy of allowing bathroom and locker room use based on gender identity.
The YMCA — the Young Men's Christian Association — was founded in London in , and the organization's goal was "the spiritual and mental improvement of young men by any means in accordance with the Scriptures," according to the nonprofit's website. Each organization has its own rules and leadership.