Canada: Trans student banned from using male toilets
A transgender male student in Ontario, Canada, has allegedly been barred from using the men’s toilet at school.
16-year-old James Spencer said he was told by the school to use the facilities at a fast food restaurant down the street.
However, officials at Durham Region’s Clarke High School insist they never told the teenager to use an off-campus toilet.
James said he was recently given permission to use a private bathroom under lock and key reserved for “janitor staff, kitchen staff and students with medical disabilities.”
“I felt like they were saying that to be transgender there’s something wrong and that transgender people need to be segregated,” James told Toronto’s Global News.
The student, who began transitioning from female to male in the 10th grade, was bullied at his old high school.
Unable to cope with the strain, he moved in with his sister and enrolled at Clarke High School in Clarington.
However, his life has remained difficult at his new school.