Gender-neutral bathroom signs go up across CPS

gender sign outside restroom
All gender restroom Photo credit Getty Images

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — New signs are going up across the Chicago Public Schools system highlighting gender neutral bathrooms.

The signs indicate whether a bathroom has urinals, stalls or both.  CPS Chief Title IX Officer Camie Pratt said in a video shared to social media last week the signs were required to be posted by the first of the month.

The signs follow federal guidelines extending Title IX protections against discrimination to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Officials cite a national survey that found nearly 43% of transgender students avoid school bathrooms because they feel unsafe or uncomfortable.

CPS said single person bathrooms are also available, as are staff-only restrooms.

Gender neutral bathrooms have been controversial in other districts, and CPS is inviting parents and students to email comments to the office of student protection at osp@cps.edu.