LOS ANGELES — A high school in California has converted a girls’ restroom into a “gender neutral” restroom to accommodate students who identify as transgender or no gender at all, commingling both male and female students together in the same lavatory.
The Santee Education Complex in Los Angeles, which is under the jurisdiction of the second largest school district in America, opened the 15-stall restroom on Friday with a new sign that simply reads “all gender restroom.”
According to reports, the Gay Straight Alliance at the high school had petitioned officials for the change, picketing the school following an incident where a female student who began identifying as male was stopped by the janitor after being seen going into the girls’ restroom. The student said she didn’t feel comfortable using the boys’ room as she had heretofore been known at school as a female.
The Alliance also met with administrators to request the accommodation and also submitted a petition of 700 signatures from both students and staff.
The restroom can now be used by boys and girls alike at the same time.
“I feel empowered. I feel like I can do anything,” one student told Fox 11 Los Angeles. “I feel like my voice was heard.”