- The Washington Times - Monday, July 29, 2013

A Los Angeles-area girl who wants to be a boy — but isn’t — now has the legal right to use the boys’ restroom and locker room at school, thanks to a settlement between school authorities and the U.S. Department of Education.

The feds launched a Title IX investigation against the Arcadia Unified School District in Arcadia, Calif., based on the complaint of a unnamed female student who says she was unfairly denied access to boys’ restrooms and locker rooms because she really saw herself as a boy, the Los Angeles Times reported. The girl — who wasn’t named or identified by age but had first complained about the lack of access to sixth- and seventh-grade boys’ facilities — complained she also was unfairly prevented from staying in a boys’ cabin on a school-sponsored overnight camping trip. Instead, she was forced to stay in a cabin by herself, The Daily Caller reported.

The Education Department promised to investigate, but school officials stepped in and resolved the issue last week. They vowed to treat the girl like a boy and also said future similar complaints would be processed as if they were sexual discrimination cases. Politico reported the feds would keep the school on its radar to check for similar violations until at least 2016.

The girl, meanwhile, is heading to high school this fall, The Daily Caller reported.

“I am glad that my school district has agreed to put in place the protections that I, and other transgender students, need to feel safe and welcome in school,” she said in a press release sent out by the National Center for Lesbian Rights. “Knowing that I have the school district’s support, I can focus on learning and being a typical high school student, like my friends.”

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