''It was the fear and apprehension of possibly having to use the bathroom during the school day that caused me the most harm,'' he said. ''By eighth grade I had almost made a game out of waiting for the end of the day so I could use the bathroom at my own home.'' ''This procedure of 'holding it' caused me to pay less attention in class, neglect my studies, and fear going to school in the morning,'' he said. Transgender Vt. Teen Wants Genderless Bathrooms - NYTimes.com.According to Christopher Neff, the director of Outright Vermont, an organization for queer and transgender youth,
The new state-wide effort seeks to establish at least one gender neutral bathroom facility in each middle school and high school in Vermont by working with local Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) groups, school administrators and policy makers. Often, gender neutral bathrooms are one stall unisex facilities. The need for accessible gender neutral bathrooms was rated as the top priority of youth attendees at Outright Vermont's 2009 GSA Conference in Rutland in May.It all seems reasonable and even a necessary part of breaking down the gender binary. But there is nothing reasonable about maintaining gender aparthied. It is one of the many ways that not just a hierarchy of gender is maintained- male over female- but a hierarchy of gender normativity is maintained- feminine girls over masculine girls. It is this hairball of power that will, no doubt, cause a lot of the adults in charge of Vermont's schools to cough up some ridiculous reasons why boys must be boys and girls must be girls and everyone else must suffer.