All-gen­der wash­rooms pro­mote in­clu­sion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

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

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