Governor Phil Scott signed a bill Friday requiring all single occupancy restrooms to be gender neutral as of July 1.
The ones who pushed for this bill were our own youth.
Outright Vermont is a social services organization dedicated to supporting and advocating for young queer people.
Their annual camp, Camp Outright, brought together teens who expressed their feelings about certain issues. This time it was bathrooms.
Director of Development and Communications, Beal St.George said some students told her that they would go all day without using the restroom because they felt uncomfortable.
George said this was long overdue.
“Some schools have gender neutral bathrooms and some schools do not, for some youth they are going through the health office to be able to use the bathroom throughout the day because they don’t feel safe using a bathroom is the regular part of the school or they feel they don’t identify with the bathroom so its definitely an issue for youth across the board,” St.George said.
The state is still determining how many single occupancy restrooms there are and the necessary steps they need to take.
The cost of this is to be determined.