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San Diego Unified School District considers solution to problem of gender expression and bathrooms

Parts is parts

Some concern has been expressed over the gender-normative use of blue and pink, but there is general support for the use of text-based symbols for genitalia, because "it's what the students of today understand."
Some concern has been expressed over the gender-normative use of blue and pink, but there is general support for the use of text-based symbols for genitalia, because "it's what the students of today understand."

According to the San Diego Unified School District's policy regarding Nondiscrimination of Transgender Students, "all persons, including students, have a right to privacy; this includes keeping a student's actual or perceived gender identity and gender expression private." That means, in part, that "students have the right to be addressed by a name and pronoun corresponding to their gender identity that is consistently asserted at school." But it also means, according to Bob Sagat Middle School Principal Barnaby Brickhouse, "that it's impossible to designate a particular bathroom as being for the exclusive use of either boys or girls. It amounts to a forced declaration of gender. Some people have proposed the free-pee-for-all of unisex bathrooms as a solution, but I don't cotton to that."

"My solution," continues Brickhouse, "is to take gender out of the equation altogether. Elimination of urine and/or feces is a biological act. And as we all know, biology has nothing to do with identity or gender. So when it comes to who eliminates where, why not stick with biology? You got a wing-wang? You go one way. You got a hoo-ha? You go another. Easy peasy."

The District has taken the proposal under consideration, and expects to render a decision before the new year. Until then, confused and/or uncomfortable students are advised to hold it.

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Some concern has been expressed over the gender-normative use of blue and pink, but there is general support for the use of text-based symbols for genitalia, because "it's what the students of today understand."
Some concern has been expressed over the gender-normative use of blue and pink, but there is general support for the use of text-based symbols for genitalia, because "it's what the students of today understand."

According to the San Diego Unified School District's policy regarding Nondiscrimination of Transgender Students, "all persons, including students, have a right to privacy; this includes keeping a student's actual or perceived gender identity and gender expression private." That means, in part, that "students have the right to be addressed by a name and pronoun corresponding to their gender identity that is consistently asserted at school." But it also means, according to Bob Sagat Middle School Principal Barnaby Brickhouse, "that it's impossible to designate a particular bathroom as being for the exclusive use of either boys or girls. It amounts to a forced declaration of gender. Some people have proposed the free-pee-for-all of unisex bathrooms as a solution, but I don't cotton to that."

"My solution," continues Brickhouse, "is to take gender out of the equation altogether. Elimination of urine and/or feces is a biological act. And as we all know, biology has nothing to do with identity or gender. So when it comes to who eliminates where, why not stick with biology? You got a wing-wang? You go one way. You got a hoo-ha? You go another. Easy peasy."

The District has taken the proposal under consideration, and expects to render a decision before the new year. Until then, confused and/or uncomfortable students are advised to hold it.

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With apologies to Shakespeare, this seems like "Much A Doo-doo About Nothing."

Nov. 22, 2015

"all persons, including students, have a right to privacy; this includes keeping a student's actual or perceived gender identity and gender expression private."

So, I can use the women's room, and nobody can say anything, correct? Because they have no right to challenge my gender identity.

Nov. 25, 2015
  1. So you're still a student? Or are you a teacher within SDUSD?
  2. The article is satire (clearly labeled "SD ON THE QT: ALMOST FACTUAL NEWS").
Nov. 25, 2015

Well, there's usually a least a little bit of factuality in these almost factual stories. In this case, that quote from the District guidelines is 100% factual.

Nov. 25, 2015

I understand the text symbols received official approval from the professional organization called LOGOS (League Of Graphic Organ Symbolists).

Nov. 25, 2015

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