LGBTQI charity pushes for all schools to have gender-neutral bathrooms



A charity supporting young gay, lesbian and gender-diverse people is pushing for a cohesive approach across the education system to gender-neutral bathrooms and uniforms.

More than 9000 school students nationwide identify as transgender (File photo) Photo: 123RF

Rainbow Youth executive director Duncan Matthews said support for young gender-diverse people in schools is “ad hoc”.

He told Morning Report two high schools in Wellington have made changes to their bathrooms and there were media reports of a primary school in Auckland providing a unisex toilet.

The Education Review Office needed to include monitoring policies and provisions for gender-diverse youth when it assessed schools, Mr Matthews said.

“1.2 percent of students identify as transgender so even if we just look at the Auckland region that’s 3000 students who would benefit from having unisex bathrooms in schools. And more widely across the country it’s over 9000.”

The Education Ministry said it supported any school that wanted to provide unisex toilets for students, and the standard design for all new schools included individual self-contained bathrooms.

The logic still fails.

If a transgender person doesn’t feel comfortable in either a male or a female bathroom, why would they feel comfortable in a unisex bathroom that they have to share with any other kind of gender?

This is nothing but pandering to labels.  There isn’t actually a practical solution here, other than to just call a bathroom a bathroom and remove any kind of gender labeling.  It’s happening everywhere, from new council facilities, to long drops, and even…

…in your home. In anyone’s home. I’ve never heard of anyone insisting on gender divisions on home bathrooms.

Man, am I sick of pandering to these precious little petals. You watch; it’s bathrooms in schools now. They’ll find something else next. Waaah waaah waaah!!!



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