Sweden: High school to open gender-neutral changing room

Joseph McCormick April 26, 2013
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A high school in Sweden is opening a gender-neutral changing room, in order to cater for trans students and those who “aren’t comfortable being divided into gender stereotypes.”

Student leaders and officials at the Sodra Latin school in Stockholm, have said the changing facility will allow students to change one at a time, if they do not feel comfortable using facilities with gender labels.

The facility will be offered to those who identify as trans, reports the Local.

“It’s for people who aren’t comfortable being divided into gender stereotypes,” student council member Camille Trombetti said.

She went on to say that officials had welcomed the idea when it was suggested by the student council. “They were very positive and welcoming but we had to figure out how to do it practically,” she said.

She continued to express hopes that the public would take the new facility seriously.

“Every human being deserves a place where they feel comfortable,” she said.

“I’d remind people that hundreds of people commit suicide every year because they feel they are born into the wrong sex and don’t feel their surroundings accept the gender they identify with.”

The changing facility will be officially opened on 6 May, and the ceremony for which will include a speech by Swedish artist Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin.

In the US in January, the University of Tennessee announced that it was considering joining the ranks of American schools that offer gender neutral housing after the passing of a bill by the Student Government Association.

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