Finding Safe Restrooms


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Mercedes Barraza

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education programs or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” (Title IX. Sec.1)

On February 22, the Trump administration revoked Title IX, which ensured that no one was discriminated against for their sex. When former President Obama was in office, he set forth to revise the title by adding a guidance that informed schools that were federally funded that transgendered individuals were also protected by Title IX. The guidance was non-legally binding but was enforced in schools unless the school had applied for religious exemptions. The actions of the current administration have alienated the LGBTQ+ community from and caused a panic among many transgender teenagers who are already unsure of what role they play in “Making America Great Again.”

One app, called “Refuge Restrooms,” tries to provide the trans community by providing safe places to use the restrooms. The app was designed to fill the supply hole from when safe2pee went out of business. Refuge Restrooms uses the safe2pee database and user-submitted input to locate and map “transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming individuals” (Refugerestrooms.org) safe bathrooms. The app gives these individuals a right that’s starting to be seen as a privilege to the community. Users are able to see logged bathroom locations and are able to find a safe restroom to use, along with being able to input new bathroom locations for others to go to. As a user, you can help map places where trans people are welcome and help non-cis individuals stay safe. Android users can download the app here, and Apple users can download the app here.

 

Works Cited

refugerestrooms.org. “Find Refuge.” REFUGE Restrooms. Refuge Restroom. Web. 6 Mar. 2017.

 

Sandhya Somashekhar, Emma Brown and Moriah Balingit. “Trump administration rolls back protections for transgender students.” Washington Post. Democracy Dies in Darkness, 22 Feb. 1970. Web. 6 Mar. 2017.

 

“Title IX.” The United States Department of Justice. 6 Aug. 2015. Web. 10 Mar. 2017.
“Trump Administration Title IX Guidance Withdrawal is a Danger to the Mental Health of Trans Youth.” Trump Administration Title IX Guidance Withdrawal is a Danger to the Mental Health of Trans Youth. Trevor Project, 22 Feb. 2017. Web. 6 Mar. 2017.

 

NOTE: The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the Voice of the Warriors, Aloha High School, or the Beaverton School District.

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