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Denver Public Schools celebrates installation of all-gender restroom sign

Mar. 6, 2020
 

DPS Board of Education members, staff and students gathered in a celebration of equity with the installation of all-gender restroom sign

DENVER – Denver Public Schools (DPS) board members, staff and students gathered to celebrate the installation of an all-gender restroom sign at Collegiate Prep Academy on March 6 at 9 a.m. The ceremony marked a key moment for DPS in advancing equity and supporting the LGBTQIA+ community.

“Creating gender neutral restrooms is just one small change our schools can make that can have an enormous impact on someone’s feelings of safety and acceptance,” said Ikeya Raspberry-Green, 10th grade student at Collegiate Prep Academy. “Having a space where you can go and just be yourself is one of the best feelings in the world when you feel alone.”

Shakira Dodson, 11th grade student at Collegiate Prep Academy added that “today, students’ needs are being heard and met. We will not put our students in a box. We are taking a step towards equality and building a school and a world with more hope, more humanity, more pride.”

Over the next several months, the district will continue to roll out plans to install all-gender signs for at least one bathroom in all DPS facilities, available for use by any staff, student or visitor. The resolution for this initiative was passed unanimously by the Board of Education during the January 2020 board meeting.

“Equity is a cornerstone in the work we do as educators every day,” said DPS Superintendent Susana Cordova. “We must continue working to create inclusive environments where students feel safe, welcomed and accepted. Today marked an important step forward in continuing to foster that culture, and letting our students know we are always looking out for them.”