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OISE expert: Peel District School Board shows leadership with gender neutral washrooms

September 1, 2016

OISE expert: Peel District School Board shows leadership with gender neutral bathrooms

Responding to the Peel District School Board announcement that it is moving to gender neutral washrooms, OISE professor Lauren Bialystok commends the decision.

"The Peel District School Board is showing leadership by requiring all high schools to include a gender-neutral washroom," she said.

"Single-sex public washrooms are often sites of violence and discomfort for gender-fluid, trans and other students. Designating gender-inclusive washrooms is an important step in creating safer schools and encouraging respect for sex and gender diversity," she continued.

For the full story on the Peel District School Board announcement, made Aug. 31, click here

Creating an inclusive classroom

In addition to gender neutral washrooms, Jeff Myers, President of OISE's Alumni Association, says teachers can play a huge role in helping to create an environment where members of the LGBTQ and trans communities feel safe.

In the video below, Myers gives important tips on how educators and anyone who works with kids can help foster an inclusive environment. 


Above, the ABC's of PRIDE: Tips for an inclusive classroom (OISETube/YouTube)

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