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Gender Neutral Bathrooms

Jaquell Wilson, Reporter

There are no gender neutral bathrooms at Norwalk High School.

Gender neutral bathrooms are very important in high school because that is when the students figure out who they are as a individual. “We know roughly 8 Percent of high school students in america report being gay,” according to Quarts.com. Studies show that the LGBT students would be more comfortable using an neutral bathroom then a bathroom with specific genders attached to it.

In the Westport News, Staples High School introduced a new gender neutral bathroom to promote tolerance according to Bossis News. Students would see this as step in the right direction. NHS should provide have that comfortability to all students, allowing them to go to whichever bathroom of their choice.

When NHS students were asked their opinion on this issue, there were varying responses. “I think NHS Should have gender neutral bathrooms because the separation is pointless,” stated Trinity Sawyer (’19). Sawyer continued on to say, “to have gender neutral bathroom would be more than fair.”

     Cindy Makaba (’18) offered her opinion about whether NHS should have transgender bathrooms for the students. “No, because if you were transgender, you’d feel like you will be labeled as different. I feel like it is not that necessary, but it would not bother me if we had it,” Makaba said.

Principal Roberts explained, “it will be difficult and some students might feel embarrassed but the students are welcomed to use the nurse’s bathroom and the staff bathroom.” Roberts also stated, “The students can use the nurse’s bathroom and or the staff bathroom if needed, as we make accommodations for everyone. In order for students to feel unbothered they need to be comfortable in their own skin.”

From students point of view, it would appear that it would not affect the students if gender neutral bathrooms were implemented in Norwalk high, but it could make things better and possibly meet many more students own personal needs.

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