Gender Neutral Bathroom: The Impact
September 30, 2016
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The crowded H-building hallways surrounding the recently added gender neutral bathroom are filled with not only teenagers rushing to their next class, but hushed conversation about the controversial topic.
Junior Pen Scott often hears students referring to it as the ‘trans bathroom’ rather than the gender neutral bathroom.
“People just assume it’s only for people who identify as trans,” Scott said. “ Which is certainly not the case.”
Since the May 2016 implementation at Dos Pueblos, Scott believes that there is still not much inclusion or representation for the transgender community.
“The idea that there are other genders needs to be reinforced,” Scott said. “And that there are trans people at this school, whether they’re out or not.”
The establishment of this bathroom gives DP students the opportunity to raise awareness of the topic, especially those who are a part of the Trans-Cis Alliance club at DP, such as club president, junior Syd Abad.
Although the sign simply reads “Restroom”, what students are calling this bathroom contributes ultimately to how it is perceived.
“If people just start introducing it as the gender neutral bathroom, it’s going to be seen as just another bathroom,” Abad said, “not targeted at one specific group, which will make it even safer for anyone to use.”
Abad has hope for a society in which the trans community will become more normalized. He anticipates the addition of the gender neutral bathroom setting up a foundation for a more accepting community. “People might feel freaked out at first, over time will think of someone who identifies as trans, as just another person.”
“It’s just going to get better from here,” Abad believes, “the longer it’s here, the more normal it will seem.”
Assistant principal Mary Ziegler played a huge part in getting the gender neutral bathroom set up at DP. Ziegler oversees education for the staff, therefore making sure they are role models to all students.
Ziegler thoroughly cares about students’ safety at DP.
“We want all of our students to feel safe,” Ziegler said. “We want all of our students to feel welcome, accepted and cared for.”