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POLL : Gender-Neutral Bathrooms at SHS

May 22, 2016

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POLL : Gender-Neutral Bathrooms at SHS

Current SHS Students, follow this link to get your voice heard on Gender-Neutral bathrooms at SHS.

http://goo.gl/forms/MUGMIfFXMAuhKP2e2

Community Council will be discussing this proposal in it’s third week tomorrow, Monday 5/23 after school in the SHS Info Center, in addition to discussion a potential change to the morning traffic pattern entering the school.

The full proposal, as well as a list of all other council proposals, miniutes, and more is available here:

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B_0FrSk0c5T1MzdmSXhfQms2cHc&usp=sharing

 

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8 Responses to “POLL : Gender-Neutral Bathrooms at SHS”

  1. Robyn Brandes on May 22nd, 2016 7:46 pm

    I have a son and a daughter attending next year and we would like to have a girls bathroom, boys bathroom and a gender neutral bathroom. What kind of guidelines or monitoring is going to take place to insure the safety of the kids? Can anyone use any bathroom at anytime? Will it be a single use bathroom so a girl doesn’t get cornered by several boys alone in the bathroom? That I am not ok with.

  2. Olivia on May 23rd, 2016 3:20 pm

    I wouldn’t be too worried about the safety. The gender neutral bathrooms are not for the purpose of both boys and girls to use at anytime, although they could. It’s more for the people who are comfortable in the gendered bathrooms, like transgender kids, gender fluid, gender non binary, etc. I think that’s who would mainly use it, and it would be just a normal bathroom, I would think (and hope) that no dangerous situations would take place in them, but it would just be a place where anyone can feel comfortable doing their business and leaving. As far as I know, they would be converting one of the normal multistalled bathrooms into one that is gender neutral. I understand your worries but I think Souhegan is a very safe school and that anyone who uses the gender neutral bathroom would be safe and protected by any bystanders. I hope that answers your questions!

  3. Toni Dinkel on May 22nd, 2016 8:04 pm

    As long there are stalls with doors, who cares. There are more important things to worry about than who you are peeing next to. Chances are you’ve been in a Public restroom with transgenders , no matter who you are. And you haven’t noticed or been molested sorry offended.

  4. Jonathan Gaffneu on May 22nd, 2016 10:45 pm

    I am in favor of gender neutral bathrooms because I can understand how somebody who is gender neutral or has changed genders may be in an awkward situation when they try to decide which bathroom it is appropriate for them to use

  5. Catherine on May 23rd, 2016 11:31 am

    I went to a college where there was a floor designated as “gender neutral housing” and there were two doubles connected by a bathroom. So there were several instances of people of different genders sharing bathrooms. Nothing sketchy happened, obviously, and let’s be honest: more trans/nb people have been attacked in bathrooms by cisgender people than the other way around. Even cisgender people have been attacked more often by other cisgenders than by anyone who identifies as transgender, non binary, and anyone else on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum.

  6. Cheryl Stuart-Vail on May 23rd, 2016 12:57 pm

    A separate bathroom for anyone who wishes to use it would be appropriate on all accounts.

  7. Jon on May 24th, 2016 2:10 pm

    As an alumni I hope to someday have my kids come back to this school. Is it worth putting tax payer dollars into multiple new bathrooms when others are available for both genders. If one does not feel comfortable why not use the nurses bathroom. I believe there could be better uses for this money then putting new bathrooms in a school with 14 bathrooms already that doesn’t include the locker room and nurses office. How much would the cost of adding these bathrooms be? Is the cost worth it? We are a small school with the number of incoming students getting smaller each year why spend money on bathrooms for people who can use the bathroom they are born to use or go to the nurse. I would imagine that would save a lot of money.

  8. Grace on September 28th, 2016 10:08 am

    I believe there’s a little bit of confusion here. The proposal is not to add new bathrooms, but to designate a few existing bathrooms as gender-neutral. The cost would only be to replace a few signs, which the GSA states in the proposal that they will pay for. Additionally, saying that trans* students should “using the bathroom they are born to use” can be seen as disrespectful, as it invalidates someone’s identity. The proposal elaborates on this. As this change is both financially reasonable and in accordance with Souhegan’s fundamental principle of respect, I don’t see a reason for criticism. Hope this clears up some of your questions!

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