Miraloma Elementary in San Francisco, California, wants all bathrooms at their school to be gender neutral

By Caitlin Keating
September 04, 2015 01:35 PM

When one California elementary found out that a handful of their students didn’t fit traditional gender norms, they decided to do something about it.

Miraloma Elementary in San Francisco is getting rid of separate bathrooms for boys and girls and making them gender neutral.

“We changed the signs, we changed the way we teach our students that we don’t have boys and girls restrooms, we have restrooms,” principal Sam Bass told KGO.

The shift came after a few parents came forward and told school officials that their children were not gender specific.

“They told us they have children who are on the gender spectrum, which means they may have been born biologically with one gender, but they identified with a different gender and that they weren’t comfortable going to the bathroom,” PTA president Ellen Schatz told the news outlet.

For now, the changes have been made in the kindergarten and first grade classrooms. Second and third graders will soon have their own gender-neutral bathrooms as well.

Since the change, not one parent has come forward with a complaint.

“I haven’t heard a single parent say they didn’t like this or thought it was unnecessary,” Schatz said.

But not every school in the country is embracing change as much as Miraloma Elementary.

Lila Perry, a 17-year-old transgender teenager in Missouri told PEOPLE that she received hateful backlash from classmates when she tried using the girls’ bathroom at Hillsboro High School.

After school officials let her use the girls’ restroom and locker room, she hid in a guidance counselors office while about 200 students walked out of class to express their anger.

“With the extremes they’re taking it to, the amount of hatred and disrespect they’re spewing out, that kind of gives it away that this is more about hate than it is anything else,” Lila Perry says.

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