When a boy and girl walk into the same washroom at City View Alternative School, no one bats an eye. The Toronto school’s had a multi-stall all-gender washroom for a few years now and staff and students have embraced it.
All-gender washrooms allow people of all sexual identities, biological sexes, sexual orientations, gender expressions and gender identities to use said spaces, with the aim of making sure that no one feels uncomfortable with who they are.
The brilliant idea has got the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) thinking. So much so, it plans on rolling out these kind of washrooms across all schools in the city. The students at City View Alternative School have become spokespeople of sorts, speaking at other schools about the importance of alternative washrooms.
“We want everyone to feel safe and accepted,” said one student.
Currently there are 50 Toronto schools that already have their own all-gender washrooms. Here’s hoping that the province and the rest of Canada hop on board.