The Briefing: Palatine school refuses transgender student locker room use

Lisa Misner —  October 20, 2015

The BriefingPalatine school refuses transgender student locker room use

A suburban Chicago school district has announced that it will not allow transgender students to use locker rooms for changing and showering, defying federal civil rights officials. Township High School District 211 in Palatine, IL allows transgender students to use restrooms in accordance with their gender identity, because there are private stalls. But the district will continue barring transgender students from communal locker rooms to “protect the privacy of all students.”

Nude photos gone from Playboy: Good or bad news?

Playboy magazine recently announced it would no longer print completely nude photos of women. What does this mean for our culture? According to Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler, “Playboy has outlived its ability to transgress and to push the moral boundaries. As a matter of fact, it was a victim of its own sad success. Pornography is such a pervasive part of modern society that Playboy is now a commercial victim of the very moral revolution it symbolized and promoted for decades.”

‘Woodlawn’ opens in top 10

The faith-based drama “Woodlawn” opened in the eighth spot Oct. 16, and finished the weekend at number nine, earning a total of $4.1 million, Box Office Mojo reported. Based on the true story of a high school football team in the midst of racial integration 40 years ago in Birmingham, Ala., the film follows the journey of African American Tony Nathan as a star running back for the Woodlawn High School Colonels in 1973 after court-ordered desegregation. Amid racial hatred, cross burnings and riots, spiritual revival transforms the team so profoundly that it affects the team’s coach, school and community.

Returning missionaries grateful for help

The IMB’s transition team recently created a database to manage the list of housing, employment and other offers sent to returning missionaries by state conventions, local churches, SBC entities and other sources. WMU is also extending a push to make churches aware of the needs of returning missionaries. The entity is offering to counsel individuals, churches and associations who want to learn more about starting a missionary house ministry.

Sources:, Baptist Press, International Mission Board, Washington Post

Lisa Misner


Lisa is IBSA Social Media/Public Policy Manager. A Missouri native, she earned a Master of Arts in Communications from the University of Illinois. Her writing has received awards from the Baptist Communicators Association and the Evangelical Press Association.