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Sunday, January 20, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Vashon Island High School creating gender neutral bathrooms

VASHON ISLAND, Wash. – The Vashon Island School District has converted two of the school’s gender-segregated bathrooms into restrooms open to everyone.

The News Tribune reports students pushed for the two all-gender bathrooms, which will be available for students starting Jan. 2.

Student members of the Queer Spectrum Alliance led the initiative to change the bathrooms.

Superintendent Michael Soltman says the club with 75 members is about kids who have respect and support for kids of all genders.

The students made suggestions on design and an education plan for students and parents for the district’s board of directors.

The board approved the request and allocated $25,000 for the renovation.

The restrooms have been retrofitted with stalls that provide increased privacy while urinals have been removed. Signage also has been changed to read “All Gender Restroom.”

Soltman said he hasn’t had any negative feedback.

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