Transgender Teen Fights For Genderless Bathrooms

A transgender teen is lending his voice to a movement in Vermont to require the state's middle and high schools to offer genderless bathrooms.

Sixteen-year-old Kyle Giard-Chase told the Vermont Human Rights Commission on Thursday that until a year ago he was a three-sport athlete and the co-captain of the field hockey team.

The South Burlington High School senior says he was verbally harassed and physically threatened at an away game for entering the girls' restroom.

Kyle says gender-neutral bathrooms can be as simple as one-room bathrooms available to either sex.

The commission didn't take any action, but some members say the cost of single-sex bathrooms could be prohibitive for some schools.


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  • by Kent Location: Nebraska on Sep 7, 2009 at 02:23 AM
    Let's see: ECONOMIC CRISIS ... Ring a bell? I may be 'insensitive' but lemme see if I get it: If HE (I think the name predicts the gender.)feels feminine, he wants to use the girls john ...er, Jill. If he feels normal on the other hand; that is, recognizes his masculinity as per his 'natural assignment', it's ok to use the boys can. And in the meantime, all of us are to pony up for a 'Special' bathroom so he won't cry? Is that about it? What world does this guy and his family live on? Would someone in that SCHOOL please educate him and apparently a few on this board about the constitutional decree of 'RULE BY THE MAJORITY'. Sorry if we can't bow and scrape to everyone's identity crisis. As they say, 'Life's a b!tch.' As Gallagher would say, 'It's all in how you deal with it.'
  • by 5831 Location: nc on Sep 2, 2009 at 07:24 PM
    Many of you need to run down, right now, just as fast as you can get there, to sign up for a remedial English class at your local cc. A good number of y'all as well, need a history lesson, on a scale of which I can't even begin to go into.
  • by Lynne Location: Ayden on Aug 31, 2009 at 07:09 PM
    Hmmm...the gender that God made them. What about those who are born with BOTH male and female parts? God gave them both and some parents have tried to make the difficult decision as to which "gender" God meant putting their children through the surgeries neccessary to make the children a single gender. Sometimes the parents pick the correct one. Sometimes they don't. Should a child who looks male but has female parts go to the boy's room or girl's room? What about female looks with male parts? It is only man that thinks EVERYTHING is yes or no. God's wonderful world of nature is full of maybe.
  • by Jane Location: NC on Aug 29, 2009 at 10:23 PM
    Good point Nathan - Doctors I have been to in North Carolina have unisex bath rooms that are very clean with a lock on the door ,and are very safe to go in.
  • by Earl Location: NJ on Aug 29, 2009 at 09:59 PM
    When I was in the US Army on a LCM Boat. We had no Head. It was operated by a crew of Black & White Males & Females. They where my best friends many , many years ago. I wonder how they are doing today. We only had a Bucket in the engine room. For you know what I for.
  • by Hans Location: NC on Aug 29, 2009 at 08:52 PM
    Wolfgang is right- How many homes have Male & Female Bath Rooms?
  • by Lenny Location: New Jersey on Aug 29, 2009 at 08:08 PM
    Hi Voter only in Yankee Land. Thats funny the South had Race Bathrooms. With signs on the doors Blacks can only go here.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Aug 29, 2009 at 08:03 PM
    Well, forget the emotional attachment to the political and social issues that we're going to disagree on anyway. Unisex bathrooms are not a bad idea. Everyone has one in their home. Doctors' offices have them. As for schools, did anyone ever consider that maybe teen sex is based in the mystique adults paint all over sex as much as hormones? At home, siblings share the bathroom, sometimes keeping one another company as they do their thing. Same or opposite gender. But then they go to school and boys are introduced to this idea that girls are such a mystery, and vice versa. That idea isn't introduced in the home, just at school. In any case, it isn't going to happen. As a people, we are moving away from our prejudices and segregation, but it's a long process. Some will try to push it along and others will try to slow it down, but however long it takes, it's gonna happen. And then maybe we can worry about - and even solve - real issues.
  • by Dale Location: walstonburg on Aug 29, 2009 at 07:52 PM
    If these freaks want special treatment send all of them to a secluded island so all of us normal people don't have to listen to there gripes and complaints.
  • by Sammy Location: NC on Aug 29, 2009 at 07:43 PM
    Hi voter - Remember when the South had had Black & White Bathrooms I do. I remember real well.
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