All-gender washrooms promote inclusion
On Prince Edward Island there is no regulation concerning schools having an all-gender washroom to accommodate transgender students, leaving some students feeling rejected in their own school. Studies have shown that when all gender washrooms are not accessible transgender students often face various types of harassment including but not limited to verbal and physical.
A minor solution for the incredible discrimination transgender students already face is to ensure every school on Prince Edward Island has an all gender washroom. In primary schools all gender washrooms provide a washroom for anyone who wishes to use it, and hopefully they will help normalize the use of all gender washrooms for the future, helping further the inclusion of all transgender individuals. In intermediate and high schools all gender washrooms also help with the normalization towards transgender students and therefore lower harassment and discrimination towards them.
Many universities have already implemented having all gender washrooms accessible, including the University of Prince Edward Island. Turning an unused staff washroom into an all gender washroom does not cost anything, however it will allow for more inclusion in the school and hopefully the future. Sarah Freeburn, Lake Verde