Los Angeles High School Opens Commingled 15-Stall ‘All Gender Restroom’

Restroom LA-compressedLOS ANGELES — A high school in California has converted a girls’ restroom into a “gender neutral” restroom to accommodate students who identify as transgender or no gender at all, commingling both male and female students together in the same lavatory.

The Santee Education Complex in Los Angeles, which is under the jurisdiction of the second largest school district in America, opened the 15-stall restroom on Friday with a new sign that simply reads “all gender restroom.”

According to reports, the Gay Straight Alliance at the high school had petitioned officials for the change, picketing the school following an incident where a female student who began identifying as male was stopped by the janitor after being seen going into the girls’ restroom. The student said she didn’t feel comfortable using the boys’ room as she had heretofore been known at school as a female.

The Alliance also met with administrators to request the accommodation and also submitted a petition of 700 signatures from both students and staff.

The restroom can now be used by boys and girls alike at the same time.

“I feel empowered. I feel like I can do anything,” one student told Fox 11 Los Angeles. “I feel like my voice was heard.”

The outlet noted that some have expressed concern over the safety of students in an arrangement where both boys and girls use the restroom together, as well as incidents of sexual harassment and bullying. The Alliance asserted that its “text a tip” program should be sufficient, along with monitoring by school staff and members of the Alliance.

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“Our bathrooms will be monitored. We have a text a tip program so we can text a tip for any concerns or anything, like if anything happens,” student Juliet Dominguez said. “So, it will be completely safe.”

Schools in neighboring districts have all-gender restrooms, but with a single stall. The Santee arrangement is the first to offer commingling of the genders.

Last year, administrators at the University of Toronto temporarily revoked its designation of a gender-neutral restroom at one of its campus facilities after two incidents of voyeurism were reported. According to the Daily Wire, male students had been caught holding their cell phones over the shower stalls to record female students while naked.

“Given the serious nature of these incidents and the impact on directly affected students, we made the decision to specifically designate some washrooms in Whitney Hall for those who identify as men and those who identify as women,” Dean of Students Melinda Scott told reporters.

She said that the university wanted to “provide a safe space for the women who have been directly impacted by the incidents of voyeurism and other students who may feel more comfortable in a single gender washroom in the wake of these events.”

“This makes perfect sense: some students are bigots and would prefer to not get naked in the presence of strangers of the opposite sex,” the Daily Wire sarcastically quipped.

Many of those who watched Fox 11’s report on Santee’s all-gender restroom made similar remarks.

“A simple ‘text a tip’ hotline will not prevent what’s now been facilitated. A ‘hall monitor’ will not prevent the crimes that have now been facilitated (assaults, rapes, attempted rapes, perverts video recording … the list is long),” one commenter wrote. “Yes, all these things can happen in a regular restroom, I know, but this just basically facilitated it 10 fold.”

“This is disgusting and morally abhorrent, even for LAUSD’s standards,” another opined. “Why don’t they fight to raise teacher’s salaries, increase in-seat attendance, and lower the drop-out rate? You know, the actual problems plaguing society and our youth.”


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  • bowie1

    “According to reports, the Gay Straight Alliance at the high school had petitioned officials for the change, picketing the school following an incident where a female student who began identifying as male was stopped by the janitor after being seen going into the girls’ restroom. The student said she didn’t feel comfortable using the boys’ room as she had heretofore been known at school as a female.” This makes no sense. If she was a female identifying as a male and going into the girls washroom why would she be stopped by the janitor, and she didn’t feel comfortable going into the boys washroom?

    • http://www.personaltouchmaids.org/ TammyHenson

      Because it couldn’t use the urinal I suppose.

    • artemis

      1) The janitor probably thought she was a boy going in the girls’ restroom. 2) Although she looked like a boy, the students knew she was physically a girl which is why she was uncomfortable using the boys’ bathroom.

      • bowie1

        Yes, I suppose that is possible, although would she have a girls or boys voice.

  • Guest

    in a bathroom without urinals exactly what goes on that isn’t completely private? everyone is fully clothed other than in their private stalls, right?

    I mean who hasn’t been at an event were desperate women have jumped the long line at the women’s restroom and come into the men’s to grab a stall?

    Are there parts of the country where people strip in the common areas of restrooms and I’ve somehow just missed it living in less colonial states?

    • Rebecca Spellmeyer

      There are gaps in some restrooms. There have been several cases of men dressed as women going into bathrooms to take photos of women under or over stalls. Now thy don’t even have to bother dressing as a woman. Locker rooms are very much a place where people strip in common areas.

      • Tangent002

        Voyeurism is still illegal regardless of gender.

        • John_33

          These laws make it happen much more frequently. University of Toronto already tried gender neutral facilities, and the men ended up filming women as they showered. It got so bad that they had to shut the facilities down. There’s no reason to make it less safe for women.

          • Josey

            yep, makes it easier for the pervs.

          • Tangent002

            In the UoT case, there were two incidents. But yes, they did stop the policy. I am undecided about shower facilities, but a lot depends on the privacy of the stall doors.

          • John_33

            If we need to make the stall doors so protected that nobody can slip a smartphone between, above, or below, then it’s common sense that we should have separate rooms based on gender.

          • Balerion

            They should have just expelled the offenders. Make an example of them in front of the entire student body that such actions will not be tolerated.

          • Eliot Dennis

            What stall doors? I don’t know any schools (or swimming pools, either) where the gym showers have stall doors. They are open showers. In Illinois they tried to hang a privacy curtain to divide the male student from the female students, but he took it court because he was “offended” and now the girls have to let him shower with them.

      • Guest

        so what you are saying is there was no actual privacy at all let alone dealing with the issues of gay and straight.

        and those men are breaking the law, doesn’t matter the sex or dress of the individual, leering is illegal.

  • http://www.personaltouchmaids.org/ TammyHenson

    One statement that bothered me more than anything was “I feel like I can do anything,” one student told Fox 11 Los Angeles.

    • Rebecca Spellmeyer

      This is the one that bothered me ““This makes perfect sense: some students are bigots and would prefer to not get naked in the presence of strangers of the opposite sex,” the Daily Wire quipped.” So if you want privacy and to feel safe as a female that makes you a bigot.

  • Rebecca Spellmeyer

    Interesting how they converted the girls bathroom and said nothing about the boy bathroom. I guess all girls are bigots and don’t deserve Title IX protection or privacy.

    ““This makes perfect sense: some students are bigots and would prefer to not get naked in the presence of strangers of the opposite sex,” the Daily Wire quipped.”

    • Tangent002

      To be fair, the girls bathroom was likely all stalls to begin with. Less renovation cost.

    • TheKingOfRhye

      The article said they converted “A girls bathroom”, not “THE girls’ bathroom”…..the implication being that there still is at least one other girls’ bathroom in the building. I just looked it up, actually….yeah, it’s a high school with 2100 students. I’d bet money there’s more than one. I really don’t see what anyone’s problem with this would be, other than that, that they did eliminate one girls-only restroom. Aside from that, it seems like a reasonable solution to me.

  • Dan Jones

    I see rape and sex coming soon in that room…

    Always be a light the that is .shininginthedark.

    • gogo0

      sexually active high schoolers have been doing sex acts with each other in gender-separated school bathrooms for decades, and the male/female icon on the doors has never stopped anyone from committing a crime

      • SOLTHREE

        This doesn’t help at all. This will make matters worse.
        Good Lord don’t try and make this is a non issue.

  • Nidalap

    Well, they’ve put this change in action on a restroom for students. Have the faculty been forced to accept the same in their facilities? How about the lawmakers who are so for this? Anyone go into their workplaces and told them who they have no more say in can now walk in on them?

  • BallPlayer1000

    If a woman, at the age of 25, decides that she is a man do certain rules still apply? For instance if I get into an argument with a woman I walk away as it is wrong of me to hit a woman… But is it now OK to knock that person out who was BORN a woman, BUT at the age of 25 decided to be a man…. Would it still be looked at as hitting a woman or not?

    • artemis

      Why would it be okay to hit anyone you were arguing with? This IS Christian news, right? Or is it just us liberal heathens who are against violence?

      • BallPlayer1000

        No. Artemis I am dealing with certain thoughts. I am not saying I would hit a person, but you ought to know I am talking about a person’s feeling if they see two men fighting vs seeing a man hit a woman…

        So please try again

      • BallPlayer1000

        I asked a straight up question… Would it still be viewed as hitting a woman… I await your answer…

        I am trying to prove that NO ONE in America will truly view that woman as a man and SHE would still fall under the unwritten law/rule of you don’t hit women

  • Josey

    I suggest arming your daughters with mace.

    • Amos Moses

      Or a taser…………

  • Gena B

    “some students are bigots and would prefer to not get naked in the presence of strangers of the opposite sex”…What? So someone who is modest and prefers not to get naked is now a bigot?

  • Tony Paulinsky

    hang out a sign…”owner gone nuts” continuing down the path of the fallen roman empire