Vancouver School Board trustees have approved a contentious plan aimed at implementing better supports for trans gender youth.
Around 100 people packed into the meeting, some wearing bright colours and rainbow flags, others waving placards that read education not indoctrination.
The motion, which includes gender-neutral washrooms in schools and confidentiality for students struggling with their gender identity, passed with all in favour except Ken Denike and Sophia Woo.
Lord Bing Secondary student Violet Read says it will make schools safer.
“Friends would come to school and not feel comfortable using the washroom and come to school in their gym strip because their change rooms were not a safe place for them to be. The 2004 policy was amazing and great but I think we can do so much better as a school, and I think the fact that this motion carried through is the most amazing thing that’s happened in my entire school career at VSB.”
Student Roison O’Dwyer says it will make classrooms more inclusive.
“Gender segregated activities in school; I think all students should be able to partake in everything.”
The two NPA trustees opposed to the motion were recently booted from the party’s caucus for questionable comments made about transgender students effecting property values.