Public Accessibility for Transgender Populations

10/29/2020 4:30 p.m. EDT

Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

Track: Equity and Inclusion


The issue of public accessibility to public washroom, locker room and inclusive facilities is growing and the legal and court case law is expanding and changing every year. This session will identify the legal history, mandates and changing requirements for public facility operators. In addition, lessons learned from the frontlines and first federal court case regarding transgender populations and accessibility to facilities. In addition, learn how to assess your current facilities to ensure effective operations and approaches, as well as key policies and staff training that is imperative to survive this sensitive subject matter. Lastly, learn life experiences, biases and simple expectations from a full-time trans-female, who is an advocate. This will enable more people to understand how to have inclusive facilities for transgender populations.


Learning Outcomes:

Learn the legal history, mandates and implications involved with making public facilities such as washrooms, locker rooms, places of employment and programming inclusive for transgender populations.

Learn from front line experiences for public access for transgender populations, explore best practices to assess your current facilities, develop proper policies and conduct effective staff training.

Hear from a full-time trans-female regarding her life experiences with biases, ignorance and confusion as a trans-female and what can be explored to make your facilities and staff inclusive.



Keri-Lyn Krafthefer

Equity Partner, Ancel Glink Diamond Bush DiCianni and Krafthefer, P.C.

Keri-Lyn Krafthefer is an equity partner with the Illinois law firm of Ancel Glink and Associates, which represents numerous Illinois local governments, including park districts. Krafthefer has been teaching public bodies and public officials about the evolving laws relating to transgender populations for several years, and she has spoken before national and international attorneys’ groups on this topic.


Michael Clark

Executive Director, Palatine Park District, Illinois

Mike Clark has presented on this topic at several conferences. He has experience in the access of public facilities for transgender populations as the first federal court case of locker room access ever filed was in Palatine, Illinois. Clark has developed a strategy and approach to provide an all-inclusive culture in recreational facilities and policies to help train staff and educate the public on this topic.


Sophie Michaels

Full Time Transgender Woman Panelist, Private Citizen

Sophie Michaels is an open transgender woman and has been living “full time” for several years now. This is her second year of speaking out to students and professionals (e.g., the Illinois Park and Recreation Conference, staff meetings and college classrooms) about her struggles, challenges and life experiences. She shares insight and advice for a better understanding of the transgender population.

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