Chicago Public Schools ditching sex-specific bathrooms so as to ‘increase gender equity’

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Chicago Public Schools (CPS) officials have issued a new edict: All schools within the district must adopt new signage to transform bathrooms into gender-neutral spaces.

The order is part of a new initiative billed as being a “big step forward for gender equity,” and it requires schools within the district to put up bathroom signs saying that male and female students can begin using the restroom that best aligns with their sexual identity.

“We’re requiring all schools to adopt new signage to make our restrooms more inclusive,” CPS noted in a tweet announcing the new policy along with a video. “This is a big step forward for gender equity for our students and staff.”

The move not only applies to students but also CPS staff.

“All CPS students and staff will have fair and equitable access to bathroom facilities that align with their gender identity,” said CPS Title IX Officer Camie Pratt said in the video.

Pratt went on to say that the new signs will “make it clear that all restrooms are open for use by anyone who feels comfortable,” adding that the policy is a way to “increase gender equity for all.”

An example of the signage reads: “This is a gender-neutral restroom with multiple stalls. It is open to users of any gender identity or expression.”

Pratt noted that CPS’ Office of Student Protections and Title IX is “working on a long-term plan” to ensure that the signage becomes permanent.

Social media users voiced their opposition to the policy online.

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