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Bathroom Liberation Comes to Kentucky High School, So Everyone Pick the Toilet or Shower You Please
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Bathroom Liberation Comes to Kentucky High School, So Everyone Pick the Toilet or Shower You Please

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In a 5-to-1 vote, a high school appeal board in Kentucky upheld a school nondiscrimination policy which permits a transgender teenager, who was born male, to use the female bathroom and locker room because the student identifies and expresses as female.
The policy in question mandates that the school “not discriminate in the use of school space on the basis of . . . gender identity.”
That’s right: people who feel femalish one day, you’re free to use whatever shower room you want. You’re off the hook, Eli from Degrassi High.

School principal, Dr. Tom Aberli, addressed the issue in a letter written to the school community in which he points out that the policy is in compliance with Title IX and other current court decisions addressing equal access for transgender students.
Aberli also defended the appeal board’s decision to continue to allow the transgender student to use female facilities:
“Is the question really about privacy or is it about comfort? Just because someone does not feel comfortable doesn’t mean their rights are being violated. Our policy recognizes gender identity as a real issue that deserves accommodation within a school system.”
Clint Elliot, an attorney retained by students and parents of the high school who oppose the policy, argues that the board’s ruling leads to greater problems:
“So students get to choose the restroom or locker room they use without apparent monitor or control measures in place under the policy and no control to assure safety or privacy.”
As other schools around the country are discovering, this is a complicated issue with repercussions likely to raise impassioned emotions on either side.
Perhaps the logical solution to install separate gender-neutral bathrooms is simply not a viable option for every school at the moment. However, one can’t help but feel that the Kentucky school policy fails to recognize the fundamental concerns of every party involved.