DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Dayton chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network is speaking out about the controversial decision in Troy to add a gender-neutral bathroom to each school.
GLSEN released a statement Friday in support of the Troy City Schools’ decision. It reads:
We at GLSEN Greater Dayton fully support Troy City Schools in Ohio for their decision to abide by and implement Title IX by allowing transgender students to use the facilities of their gender identity. Despite the importance of a safe and affirming school climate for all students, this is not always the case.”
GLSEN says according to a 2013 study, 59 percent of transgender students were required to use the bathroom or locker room of their legal sex. LGBT students who were discriminated against tended to be absent from school more often than other students.
Troy schools’ decision to add gender-neutral bathrooms came after it was learned a transgender student was enrolled. Rallies and community meetings about the issue ensued shortly after the decision was made public.
The decision is meeting with mixed reaction in Troy. While some praise the district for a forward-thinking decision, others worry about student safety issues in gender-neutral bathrooms.