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SUPPORTING TRANSGENDER YOUNG PEOPLE: GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOLS IN SCOTLAND

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  • If a transgender young person is concerned about the changing facilities, listen to what they are saying. It may be possible to let them change separately/privately. Schools could put up modesty curtains in changing areas. Many young people at school would appreciate that.
  • If a transgender young person asks to go to the toilet during class time, it is likely to be because the toilets are quiet then, and they feel safer. Although not ideal, it is better to allow this, otherwise the young person might not go at all.
  • If other young people, or their parent(s)/carer(s), express concerns about sharing toilets or changing rooms with a transgender young person, it can be because they think that the trans young person will behave inappropriately. In this instance, schools should dispel any misconceptions: a trans young person’s presence does not constitute inappropriate behaviour.
  • If a learner feels uncomfortable sharing facilities with a transgender young person, they can be allowed to use a private facility such as an accessible toilet, or to get changed after the trans young person is done. A transgender young person should not be forced to use alternative facilities simply to make other young people feel more comfortable.
  • Toilet signs for gender neutral facilities should just say ‘Toilet’ and/or have a picture of a toilet.

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