Essay On Gender Neutral Bathrooms

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We have to Fight for our Right to Potty Every day, millions of transgender and gender non-conforming students are harassed, bullied, beaten up and denied access to their school bathrooms based upon the gender printed on the doors. These students are in a constant and devastating battle for equality. After years of verbal harassment and bullying for being transgender, the pain doesn’t stop. Finally being comfortable in their own skin and having the confidence to go out in public as a transgender, these victims are stopped and further harassed for no particular purpose other than the satisfaction of the offender. Public schools should offer gender neutral bathrooms to make every student feel equal and the staff feel confident that no one in …show more content…
When considering the installation of gender neutral bathrooms, cost is one of the major factors involved for schools. Every year, public schools receive funding from the state and federal governments, along with money from local property taxes. This money is then used to pay the school staff, purchase materials and supplies, build/restore buildings and to maintain utilities. Students across America have urged their schools to allocate a portion of their funds to install gender neutral bathrooms. Public schools turned the notion down, for lack of funding. In reality, the schools should be using a portion of their funds to maintain utilities, such as bathrooms. On May 16, 2016, United States president Barack Obama spoke out in favor of gender neutral bathrooms. He stated that the federal government would withhold funding to any public school that refuses to have a gender neutral bathroom. When compared to other expenses public schools must pay, the cost of installing a gender neutral bathroom is minute. For example, “Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities …show more content…
Conformists to the idea of unisex bathrooms don’t want them to be in the public eye or around the traditional bathrooms. The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) club in Wahconah Regional High School felt that the transgender and gender non-conforming students of Wahconah were feeling targeted for wanting to use the bathroom that they prefer. Consequently, in the school year of 2015-2016, the school changed two of their bathrooms to be gender neutral. A safe alternative to using the standard restrooms would have been to have gender neutral bathrooms located in the school. In Wahconah, the best location for these new bathrooms was determined to be in the music hallway, or G hall. There were already two single-stall bathrooms installed, one for girls and one for boys. After talking with the administration, GSA was allowed to remove the signs on the bathroom doors, so that anyone would be allowed to use the restrooms. The gender neutral bathrooms in Wahconah are located away from the traditional bathrooms, which makes everyone in the school feel more comfortable. Locating gender neutral bathrooms away from the traditional bathrooms also reduces the targeting of transgender students near the restrooms. Even though conformists want gender neutral bathrooms separated from the traditional bathrooms, the segregation of the bathrooms in Wahconah has had a positive effect

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