June 23, 2014

Trans youth rights: The battle over the bathroom

Vancouver approves new controversial school policy allowing trans students the right to use the washroom of their choice.

Photo via Flickr user Vancouver School Board [Creative Commons]. 

Transgender students in Vancouver’s school system will soon be able to use the washroom and gender pronoun of their choice under a controversial policy approved by the school board. There’s also discussion about teachers using gender-neutral pronouns in the classroom. Opponents claim the policy is not in line with their traditional values. Is the school board educating or indoctrinating? Dive into the debate Monday at 1930 GMT.

In this episode, we speak to:

Patti Bacchus @pattibacchus
Chairperson, Vancouver Board of Education

Cormac O’Dwyer @Cormac4ourWorld
Trans youth advocate

Julia O’Dwyer
Mother of Cormac O'Dwyer

Brad Dacus @PacificJustice
President, Pacific Justice Institute

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