Surrey’s oldest high school is breaking new ground this week, celebrating its first-ever Pride Week, and opening a gender-neutral restroom.
Rainbow streamers have filled the Hub, and on Tuesday, students decorated colourful, tie dye T-shirts. Students and staff planned to wear them to show their LGBT support at Thursday’s official opening of the new, all-gender restroom, located on the second floor.
“When there are [U.S.] states taking a step back, it’s nice to know Tweedsmuir is taking a step forward,” said Liam Ponzini, a representative from the school’s Gay Straight Alliance. He will be cutting the ribbon May 5 alongside school principal Allan Buggie during a opening ceremony that will be followed by short, symbolic parade from the new washroom to the school’s Hub.
The single-occupant washroom makes its debut after about three years of lobbying by students.
Ponzini said its symbolic value is important. “Having this bathroom in this school is more of a symbol that you can be who you are and you don’t have to be judged or harassed.”
Grade 11 student Mackenzie Jasper, a Tweedsmuir GSA rep, said she hopes it will help put an end to discrimination before it begins.
She credited the work of the GSA and teachers for supporting the project.
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