Denver school board votes to require gender-neutral restrooms in all schools

by Daniel Payne · Jan 24th, 2020 2:27 pm

Last Updated Jan 24th, 2020 at 7:13 pm

The Denver school board voted unanimously on Thursday to require all of its schools to maintain a gender-neutral restroom, a decision adopted in support of transgender students in the district.

The resolution holds that the school board supports "the right of students to use bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity." It also mandates that all school staff must "honor and respect a student's self-reported gender identity and gender expression," an indication that staff members will be required to use students' preferred pronouns and names, even if they are not legally valid.

Only one Denver resident spoke about the resolution during a public comment session: a transgender-identified student who claimed to avoid drinking water throughout the school day due to fears of using a single-sex restroom.

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