by Sophie Kim ’19
An all-gender restroom will be installed on the second floor of Wang Hall in the coming months. The Gender and Sexuality Awareness Club (GSA) headed the proposal for the bathroom, which will be open to people of all gender identities.
According a national survey by GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) in 2012, 75% of transgender youth felt their academic performance was negatively impacted by a school that did not take steps to be inclusive of transgender people. GSA wanted to expand the inclusivity of the school by having a bathroom that acknowledges people who identify outside the binary genders of male and female, such as transgender and gender-nonconforming people.
“I’m really glad that we have bathrooms, not just for us, but for future generations of transgender kids. If I came here and there were already [all-gender] bathrooms, I would have felt a lot more comfortable,” Shana Brindze ’19 said.
The single-stalled bathroom is also accessible to handicapped individuals or others who require caregivers of a different gender. The bathroom aligns with the school’s mission to strive for a diverse and inclusive community.
“We recognize that people identify in all different ways on campus, and we want to make sure everyone has a place here, which includes bathrooms,” Head of Middle School Jon Wimbish said.