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Petition to West Hartford Board of Education, Connecticut State Board of Education

Gender neutral bathrooms

Here are some terms to know that might help you to better understand this petition: Transgender: Someone who is transgender does not identify with the gender that they were assigned at birth. Cisgender: Someone who is cisgender does identify with the gender that they were assigned at birth. If you're not trans, you're cis! -  -  - I am a transgender student in a public high school in West Hartford, Connecticut. I made this petition to raise awareness and make change in my community. I propose that West Hartford Public Schools convert all of our bathrooms to gender-neutral bathrooms. This will allow transgender students to be more comfortable and safe going to the bathroom, and to feel more welcome throughout our town and in our public schools. Before you pass judgement on my proposal, please take a moment to read through my below justifications and the sources that I have provided. If you have any additional doubts, feel free to comment on this petition with your question(s). 1. Transgender folks’ safetyTransgender people are often unsafe or uncomfortable in gendered bathrooms (the traditional "women's" and "men's" bathrooms). Further information about this issue can be found through the 2015 US Transgender Survey and this study by the Williams Institute of UCLA. 2. Cisgender folks’ safetyUsing gender neutral bathrooms does not increase the risk of assault or harassment that cisgender people face. There are no existing sources or recorded statistics supporting this information due to the limited number of multi-stall gender-neutral bathrooms in the US, but the only reported issues that cisgender folks have experienced in using gender neutral bathrooms is slight discomfort (that arguably comes with any new experience). 3. “But what about the cost of creating gender-neutral bathrooms?” Making bathrooms gender neutral costs almost nothing at all! We simply have to update the signage on the outside of the bathrooms. The Cooper Union College updated all of their bathrooms to be gender-neutral with this signage system. So, the only cost in updating our bathrooms would be the (relatively low) cost of buying and installing the new signs. Here is another option for changing the bathrooms, that may cost more, but would improve the bathrooms for all WHPS faculty/staff and students. 4. Additional information/resources- While I’m calling for a slightly different action plan for our bathrooms than Jacob Tobia calls for, this op-ed that they wrote for TIME Magazine explains the issue that trans people face very clearly.- The blog “Let Us Pee” has some interesting insights and stories from folks around the country.- This other article from TIME pretty thoroughly and accurately explains the flaws behind the argument that trans people should be required to use the bathroom of their sex assigned at birth.

Devon Shafer
767 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Joseph Vitale, Loretta Weinberg, Mila Jasey, Troy Singleton, M. Teresa Ruiz, Kevin Rooney, David Russo, Richard Codey, John McKeon, Jay Webber, BettyLou DeCroce, Joseph Pennacchio, Anthony Bucco, Parker Space, Gail Phoebus, Nancy Munoz, Jon Bramnick, Thomas Kean, Phil Murphy, Sheila Oliver, Tim Eustace, Paul Sarlo, Samuel Thompson, Linda Greenstein, Patrick Diegnan, Sandra Cunningham, Dawn Addiego, Steven Oroho, Declan O'Scanlon, Nilsa Cruz-Perez, Brian Stack

New Jersey: Pass Bill NJ S478

   On May 5, 2013, a bill was introduced to the New Jersey Assembly (NJ A4097) the summary of the bill and its sponsors can be found here ( The purpose of this bill was to amend the process of changing one's birth certificate gender marker and removing the surgical requirement that would force transgender individuals to undergo this procedure if they wished to make such a change. Sadly, this bill was vetoed by Chris Christie on January 13, 2014. Today, New Jersey is being led by a new governor, and a new bill has been introduced on January 9th, 2018 and it's our job to make our voices heard so this bill will pass and the change that is so desperately required will be implemented. The information regarding NJ S478 can be found here (    For me, this is personal, I am a transgender girl who wishes to change her name and gender marker on my driver's license and other legal documents which is relatively easy. However, on my birth certificate, I would have to undergo a procedure that I honestly don't think I would ever want to have performed for personal reasons. The current law that is put in place, blocks me from changing my gender marker, creating a further legal hassle in the future when applying for colleges, careers, loans, and the other multitude of applications should a mismatch occur. For many, myself including, having the ability to change something that might seem so small to others, changing an M to an F or vice versa might look as a minuscule change but its who we are. It's who we identify as, its the struggle that we go through when transitioning, breaking past the social norm of gender to be who we want to be.    This new bill must make it to the governor's desk and pass in order to bring the change to this state that has been long overdue. The current requirements are predated and drastic, not taking into account what each individual wishes to do in terms of who they are and how they identify. The medical practices of transitioning have grown so far beyond changing ourselves surgically, to taking hormones that will change our bodies to match the chemistry of our mind to simply dressing differently to feel at peace. Our society is heavily based on the black and white system of gender, with no gray in the middle. Individuals are defined by what's between their legs and not what's in their head, a brain that makes each and every one of us unique, with our own story. This bill is the next step in bringing change to our state, moving forward in the right direction to help myself, and the thousands of others who suffer from gender dysphoria and the mark on their birth certificate that automatically defines them as an individual. Our laws must adapt with the changing times, and together, all of us, everyone who signs this petition and shares it with others will be the driving force to bring the change to the State of New Jersey and possibly, the United States. Thank you so much for your time and understanding my story, we are all unique and beautiful in our own way! Stay positive and remember, one person can bring change if they try hard enough... Thank you, Emma Beyer

Emma Beyer
21 supporters