Gender neutral facilities in schools are 'perfectly acceptable', says leading ATL member

Gender neutral facilities in schools are 'perfectly acceptable', says leading ATL member

Gender neutral facilities in schools are 'perfectly acceptable', says leading ATL member

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Graham Easterlow, a member of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) Independent and Private Sectors Advisory Group, has told talkRADIO it is ‘perfectly acceptable’ to have gender neutral facilities in schools.

The ATL discussed the potential addition of gender-neutral toilets and changing rooms in schools at their annual conference yesterday (Tuesday), a move designed to make transgender pupils feel more comfortable.

The idea would see the establishment of a third toilet and separate changing room that could be used alongside male and female facilities. 

And Easterlow is all in favour of the scheme.

He told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "I think the idea of having a gender-neutral society and facilities is perfectly acceptable. I don't think it's a strange thing.

"I think we have to be an accepting and open society. It's about creating an environment where everybody within that environment can feel happy, safe, secure, with the least amount of social anxiety and social stresses.

“I long for a point when it doesn't matter how we identify, who we love, and actually, we can concentrate on supporting all of our young people to get the best education they can and achieve the best they can."