Transgender school toilet for a 6-year-old. No, not in the USA, in New Zealand

A popular Auckland primary school has been praised for installing a unisex toilet to help a 6-year-old transgender pupil feel safe and accepted.

The toilet was installed earlier this year with the support of the Board of Trustees and the Education Ministry after the child’s transition from boy to girl.

The Herald on Sunday has chosen not to name the school to protect the child’s privacy. Sources said that school-mates have happily accepted the child’s transition and parents who know the girl have also been supportive.

The school’s board chairman said their decision was about supporting a pupil. “We have a policy of safety around identity and culture, and that includes gender. We feel strongly that every child deserves to feel safe in the school environment.”

Other parents were not told, just as they would not be told about other measures taken to support a child, he said.

“I believe our parent community supports diversity [anyway]. It’s a child who identifies as a different gender than the one they were born with.

“There’s nothing scary about that, there’s nothing unusual about that. It’s been happening since the beginning of human kind. We are just more aware of it now, and we’re making sure [those transitioning] are safe.

“I’m proud to be part of a school that says ‘it’s okay to be who you are and we are going to make sure you get the best education, without worrying about anything else’.”

This whole thing fails the logic test on so many levels, it hurts my head.

One.  If it is a unisex toilet for this transgender six-year-old, that means both boys and girls can go in as well.  So either the child feels comfortable with this or it doesn’t.  If it does, it could have gone to whatever toilet it wanted to go to in the first place, just pick boys or girls.  If it doesn’t, then it shouldn’t have been made a unisex toilet.

Next.  School camp.  Will there be unisex sleeping arrangements?  What if the facilities they camp at don’t have a special toilet for the six-year-old.  Has anyone, EVER, insisted on a women’s longdrop?  Or men’s?  Or do we all suddenly forget those ridiculous decisions when we’re out among nature.

Swimming.  Off to the local swimming pool.  Do they now have to have a men’s a women’s and a unisex changing area?

This whole process is quickly solved by going the other way.  By not trying to define sexuality down to all its experienced variances and then making a toilet for each.

The solution lies in making toilets unisex for everyone.

It does my head in that this is such a thing with toilets, but when it comes to changing areas for PE or the pool, when kids are actually going to be naked with other kids, that’s no problem.  Or less of a problem than a toilet.

I need a lie down.


– NZ Herald

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