Grant HS Installs Unisex Bathroom Stalls
Grant High School in Northeast Portland is the first in the district and among the first in the country to install unisex bathrooms for transgender students and teachers.
A student magazine reports
there are four stalls for students and two for teachers.
"Gendered bathrooms present an issue for any gender nonconforming people, whether or not they identify as transgender," says school psychologist Becca Dorn-Medieros. "It’s a huge safety issue for people."
Administrators had them put in because the school's ten transgender students were uncomfortable using the men's or women's restrooms.
"I did not drink liquids. If I had to drink something, I’d go into the women’s bathroom. I would rather feel kind of unpleasant than terrified in the men’s bathroom," says a 17-year-old.
Sixteen states and Washington D.C. prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Oregon Equality Act approved by the legislature in 2007 prohibits such discrimination in public schools.