School toilets have long been a source of misery for children. Dirty, unhygienic and a place to be bullied out of the vision of teachers and staff. Lots of work has been done to try and promote all new facilities to achieve minimum standards that are conducive to health, privacy and hygiene, while not making them a place where secret activities such as drug-taking and bullying can occur.
The idea that the communal area of toilets should be shared, and visible to allow passive supervision, using transparent walls around the hand-washing facility, while still allowing privacy in the actual toilet is an excellent one.
With these new ideas in mind we should very much include the issue of gender. Do we really need to divide the genders. While the realisation that gender is very much a spectrum, rather than a binary ‘black or white’, ‘male or female’, there are many children who do not feel comfortable using a urinal. Transgender children very much identify with a gender that is different to their genetic sex. So for them, a transgirl having to use a urinal is degrading and abhorrent, while a transboy would feel very much like a peeping tom in the girls facilities.
Gender Identity Disorder is a medically recognised condition. People with Crohn’s disease and other bowel conditions that mean they have to use the toilet in a hurry are given special disposition to do so. So should transchildren.