From John Knight, Director of the LGBTQ Advocacy Project, ACLU of Illinois:
“We are pleased to see this case brought by our client, Nova Maday, resolved as a result of the D211 Board of Education's decision to approve the settlement. Nova bravely stood up for her dignity, after being subjected to unfair treatment simply because she is a transgender young woman and wanted to take a gym class. We hope that the end of the lawsuit and the new policy recently adopted by the Board will bring a new day at District 211 for other students who are transgender.
Nova’s courage and advocacy should serve as a guide to D211 moving forward. All students deserve fair treatment and are protected under state and federal law. We look forward to learning how District 211 implements its new policy and are hopeful that it will make a positive difference for all students within the District.”
From Nova Maday:
“I’m very happy that the settlement with D211 is now approved and I can move on from this lawsuit. It was very painful to be treated differently because I am transgender, and to have my identity as a girl challenged by the District. Being forced to dress in a separate locker room was isolating and drew attention to me that I didn’t want – that no high school student wants. And even when I was offered use of the locker room, I was told that I would be segregated behind a changing curtain. That felt terrible.
I just wanted to be treated like any other girl.
My hope is that the new D211 policy truly means that no student has to face this kind of treatment in the future. And for transgender students in the District, my hope is that their lives will be much improved. Making sure that the District was a welcoming place for everyone was the aim of this case from the very beginning.”