AISD - gender neutral bathrooms in every school

AISD - gender neutral bathrooms in every school

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Elisabeth Riley started this petition to AISD School Board

We're a group of AISD parents and allies of LGBTQ kids, mostly transgender or non-binary, that are eager to pave the way for acceptance and comfort for LGBTQ kids at school.  

Our ask: Bathroom options for our children that are accessible to all students (ie not special privileges to use the nurses bathroom, the basement or the teacher's lounge). The goal is to have single stall bathrooms that already exist become gender neutral, with a sign stating so.

Some statistics:

- A recent survey by Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance administered by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that Transgender teens in schools with bathroom restrictions are at higher risk of sexual assault. https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/06/health/trans-teens-bathroom-policies-sexual-assault-study/index.html

- Bathroom restrictions may make peers aware of the teens' status as a gender minority, the authors explain, which may in turn make them more likely to become victims of abuse. The policies may also be indicators of a hostile school environment.
"Not surprisingly, some will avoid using restrooms altogether," Ehrensaft and Rosenthal explained in the editorial. This means teens may not drink enough fluids and may ignore the need to use the restroom, resulting in urinary tract infections, impacted bowels and avoidance of school altogether, they added. https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/06/health/trans-teens-bathroom-policies-sexual-assault-study/index.html

- Recent study from GLAAD shows 12% of Millennials identify as transgender or gender non-conforming. https://www.glaad.org/blog/new-glaad-study-reveals-twenty-percent-millennials-identify-lgbtq

- Research by Ipsos Mori found that 66 per cent of young people, aged between 16 and 22, are "exclusively heterosexual" - the lowest figure of any generation. Which translates to 34% falling in the LGBTQ category. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/05/two-thirds-generation-z-identify-exclusively-heterosexual/

- Harrowing statistics from a study recently published by the American Academy of Pediatrics revealed alarming levels of attempted suicide among transgender youth -- with the highest rates among transgender boys and non-binary youth. The findings emphasize the urgency of building welcoming and safe communities for LGBTQ young people, particularly for transgender youth.

More than half of transgender male teens who participated in the survey reported attempting suicide in their lifetime, while 29.9 percent of transgender female teens said they attempted suicide. Among non-binary youth, 41.8 percent of respondents stated that they had attempted suicide at some point in their lives. https://www.hrc.org/blog/new-study-reveals-shocking-rates-of-attempted-suicide-among-trans-adolescen

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