Unisex toilets planned for Queensland schools
Queensland State Education Minister John Paul Langbroek has confirmed a departmental review will most likely lead to the introduction of unisex toilet facilities, change rooms and sports teams in the state's schools.
The policy review has come about after a nine year old transgender girl and her parents threatened to go to court after the school their daughter was attending refused to allow her to use the girl's toilets, forcing the child to use the disabled toilet facilities instead.
The school eventually backed down, but the incident made national headlines providing the impetus for the minister to suggest a review for school principals to accommodate the special needs of gay and transgender children in their schools.
Langbroek told The Australian the guidelines would apply on a school by school basis.
"To supplement these policies, the department is developing guidelines to provide principals and school staff with practical information to help ensure the respectful treatment of all students, including same sex-attracted, transgender or inter-sex students," Mr Langbroek said.
"Despite media reports, no widespread changes to uniforms or facilities are being made in schools across Queensland, nor are they being considered."
Langbroek said schools would have to ensure the safety of all students, saying “child safety was paramount”.
The review has the support of the Queensland Teachers Union and P&Cs Queensland.