Gendering restrooms is transphobic and makes the day for a transgender person a lot more difficult. This needs to stop. We can make change at Dorothy Hamm Middle School by stopping the gendering of the restrooms there.
Why is it transphobic?
A good portion of the trans community identifies as non-binary, meaning that they don't identify as male or female. Labelling each of the two restrooms found in each "pair" of restrooms as male and female outright denies the identity of non-binary individuals. Additionally, it forces them to choose to enter a restroom that they are not comfortable using.
Why does it make the day for a transgender person more difficult?
Aside from being transphobic, not all transgender people have come out yet, meaning that they haven't revealed to their peers that they are transgender. Even if a transgender person identifies within the binary, if they have not come out yet they may be criticized for using a certain restroom. Ceasing gender separation within the restrooms at DHMS will permit everyone to utilize the restroom without feeling uncertain.
How can I help?
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