The Calgary Board of Education will be building gender-neutral washrooms into the design of its new school buildings in a move spurred by conversations with Calgary students from Gay Straight Alliance clubs, and concerns from transgender students.
Transgender advocate James Demers says people shouldn’t be “afraid to pee” when they’re at school, and points out this can affect mental health and feelings of safety in any environment.
“We’re all just in there to use the bathroom; that’s literally it. It’s the only reason that we’re in there—so all of those other arguments against them, they’re kind of moot. They don’t make sense in the context of what we’re trying to do to access public space.”