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Gender neutral bathrooms, changing areas coming to Downers Grove North and South



These "Safe Zone" signs are being posted at Downers Grove North High School in DuPage County

DOWNERS GROVE – Gender neutral bathrooms and changing areas will be designated this spring at Downers Grove North (DGN) and South (DGS) high schools in the next month or so, students were notified this week via email. 

A Downers Grove North student says he wants his identity to remain anonymous for fear of grade or activity retribution, but he believes parents should be made aware of the changes taking place.

"This issue is not being discussed in our classes, and it's being purposely kept quiet by the administration," the student told Illinois Review. "They have not notified parents, and I think parents should know what's going on." 

Already, triangular signs with rainbows are being posted throughout Downers Grove North saying "Safe Zone." 

"I'm not a transphobe or a homophobe," the student said. "I just think parents and taxpayers should know what's going on. I'll admit I'm concerned about what will happen to my grades if they found out who is going to the media."

A copy of an emailed survey sent to students this week from the school's Omega newspaper editor Abbe Murphy. In it, she notified the students:

This upcoming spring, one gender-neutral bathroom and several private PE changing areas will be created at both DGN and DGS. One of the current single-occupancy faculty restrooms on the first floor will be marked by a gender-neutral sign and will be available for any student and faculty member to use. Private changing stalls will be installed in both the boys and girls PE locker rooms to accommodate students as well.

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District 99's office said their communications officer was on vacation and would be returning Monday for comment. 


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  1. No one is born that way, transgender is a mental disorder and those with the disorder need treatment, not an irrational acceptance of their delusion. The notion that a person’s maleness or femaleness is different than what nature assigned to them biologically is absurd. Those pesky XY and XX chromosomes make it impossible to “transition” to another sex. Use the restroom appropriate for your biological sex and stop whining about it.
    Gender confusion is a disorder similar to a dangerously thin person suffering anorexia who looks in the mirror and thinks they are “overweight. The gender confused looks in the mirror and sees a person of the opposite sex, its a delusion disorder. Public school “policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their gender confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention. The best thing schools can do for the gender confused is to help them deal with their biological reality, not grant an acceptance of their delusion.

  2. Don’t fall prey to the transgender, “born that way” meme that has been perpetuated by Obama, liberals and the main stream media even without any evidence to support their theory.

  3. Teenager who contacted IR, stop using the nonsensical words transphobe and homophobe. That political correctness garbage is a tool designed by dishonest liberals to silence people whose arguments liberals can’t refute. Its Mind manipulation by liberal thought police, don’t play their game, its a game of illusion.

  4. I understand the perspective you have. Growing up, my friends were either gay or straight or bisexual. There was no gender confusion. Now, however, I live in a coed college dorm with one gender neutral bathroom. It doesn’t cause discomfort. It doesn’t promote or demote any kind of mentality. It just provides a safe zone for those in my wing who are transgender or gender confused. I will admit I’m still a little uncomfortable with the concept of transgender/gender confusion. However, I can also admit that it’s only because I have no understanding of the concept. Things we don’t understand often make us uncomfortable. Best to keep an open mind.

  5. I am a student at South and I completely support this. If students don’t want to go into the gender neutral bathrooms then they don’t have to. These bathrooms and changing areas are in no way going to affect the students unless they choose to use them.

  6. As an agender person at DGS, I’m thrilled to hear this if it’s true. I really hate gendered activities, and feel that going to the bathroom at school is being put in a box that I don’t check.