Marfa ISD adding gender neutral restroom for transgender student

Marfa ISD adding gender neutral restroom for transgender student

MARFA, TX (KWES) - The Marfa Independent School District is taking a step to better accommodate their students. It all started this past year when their only transgender student voiced his concerns about their restroom situation.

"He wants his privacy and he's like, 'I don't want to cause a ruckus. I just want to feel safe,''" said Marfa ISD superintendent Andrew Peters.

Peters said the district has had gender neutral private restrooms since the schools were built in the 1960's, but the high school does not have that option for transgender students.

"I want us to be sending the message that we care about everybody and their privacy and their rights to be able to use the facilities comfortably," said Peters.

The transgender student currently has to go to another building to use the restroom. Peters came up with a simple solution. The school will convert a small men's restroom to a private bathroom with a lock. The restroom will be available to everyone next school year.

Peters said the idea was not meant to be controversial.

"We are just trying to provide for the kids needs of our school. I think other schools could do the same," said Peters. "I think it could save them a lot of headaches."

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