Hundreds Gather for Vancouver School Board Transgender Policy Debate

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

A controversial policy for transgender students being proposed by the Vancouver School Board is up for its third debate.

Ann Travers is one of about 300 people who showed up to talk about the policy which would see access to gender neutral bathrooms and change rooms being made available.

Travers, a mother of a transgender child, says she is optimistic that the policy will be approved.

“The policy that is being designed basically conforms to human rights legislation and the Vancouver School Board is very aware of this, that they have a legal right to protect these students.”

Travers also says she thinks there are not many who oppose the policy.

However, Vancouver School Board chairperson Mike Lombardi says it appears to be a fairly even split between supporters and opponents of the policy.

“I think there’s sort of three groups, one is those who are thoroughly in favour of it and want us to move forward and then there are those who want us to have more consultation and talk about it and then there are those who are opposed to it.”

The board will vote on June 16th.


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  1. Am I missing something here? I understand this is an issue of privacy and not being seen as ‘different’. I can respect that, but I’d think specially designated washrooms would be more like a spotlight. Men’s and women’s rooms each have privacy stalls. Is there a peeking problem in the schools? If so, that would be a whole different problem.