A School in San Francisco Just Made a Big Move for Trans Students

September 4th 2015

Sarah Gray

A San Francisco elementary school is breaking barriers: Miraloma Elementary is the first elementary school in the city to transition to gender neutral bathrooms. The triangles and circles used to denote male and female bathrooms are coming down, according to SFGate.com.

As ATTN: has pointed out before, gender is fluid, much like sexuality. The decision to make bathrooms gender neutral—something that even the White House has introduced—was due to the fact that between six and eight elementary school students identify as gender non-conforming. According to Miraloma Elementary School's Principal Sam Bass, the students range from transgender children to tomboys.

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“There’s no need to make [bathrooms] gender-specific anymore,” Bass told SFGate.com. Bass also cited that there hasn't been any pushback from parents, rather there has been support for this measure.

“One parent said, ‘So, you’re just making it like it is at home,’” Bass continued.

Thus far, the kindergarten and first-grade classroom bathrooms have been designated gender neutral, along with another bathroom. Other restrooms will be phased in slowly over the next few years; the cost of the transition is still in question.

At other schools in California there may be one gender neutral designated bathroom, but this is the first school to make all restrooms this way. In 2013, California passed a law allowing students to use the restroom of the gender they identify with.

This is not the case around the country. Earlier this week, students at Hillsboro High School in Missouri protested transgender teen Lila Perry's use of the girls' restroom and locker room.

Discrimination facing the transgender community

Despite Caitlyn Jenner's high-profile transition, and the prevalence of transgender characters in popular television series ("Orange is the New Black" and "Transparent"), the transgender community faces a range of injustices, from facing high rates of murder and suicide, to job discrimination, unwanted questions, being misgendered, and not being allowed to use the restroom for the gender they identify with.

Earlier this year John Oliver addressed many of these issues on "Last Week Tonight."

Oliver points out:

"Transgender people have a gender identity that differs from the one they were assigned at birth, and that gender identity is not the same as sexual orientation. Gender identity is who you are, sexual orientation is who you love. Some transgender people do undergo hormone therapy or sexual reassignment surgery as part of their transition; some do not. And interestingly, their decision on this matter is, medically speaking, none of your fucking business. If you’re still wondering, ‘What do I call a transgender person, it’s so confusing,’ actually it’s pretty simple: call them whatever they want to be called."

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