make equality & efficiency at samohi with gender neutral bathrooms

make equality & efficiency at samohi with gender neutral bathrooms

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Valentina : ) started this petition to dr antonio shelton

At Samohi we value equality and support all pupils, but how our restrooms show support is a different story. 

The nurses office is the only gender neutral bathroom on campus. Why does it matter? Well neutral bathrooms are important for Samohi's trans pupils to feel safe. From a study by the CDC 2% of highschoolers are trans identified. This is a lot of students considering the U.S. population size. On another note, 6 years ago the 2015 us transgender survey found alarming statistics about trans folks and bathroom use.

59% of trans identified individuals avoid restrooms due to confrontation & harassment

12% of individuals report sexual assault, being attacked, or being harassed in a restroom in the past year

31% avoid eating or drinking to avoid restroom use

24% report uncomfortable questions about their restroom choice 

9% report being denied a restroom

8% report a lack of restroom use causing kidney issues, urinary tract infections, or other kidney related problems.

For Samohi lets fix this. More gender neutral bathrooms will help pupils without classes near the nurse quickly use a restroom, get to class on time, and reduce health risks. On the flip side a study at Cambridge University shows these restrooms reduce building/campus costs and make restroom wait times for everyone (regardless of identity) faster. 

So if like me, you want an inclusive and streamlined campus, please sign today :)

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