High school students win battle to ‘remove un-inclusive gender labels’ from their school uniforms so boys and girls can choose to wear dresses or trousers

High school students win battle to ‘remove un-inclusive gender labels’ from their school uniforms so boys and girls can choose to wear dresses or trousers

Students at Newtown High School in Sydney can now pick their uniform
Students can decide which components of the uniform they want to wear
The move was implemented to make transgender students comfortable
The uniform policy was changed after the school was lobbied by year 11

By BELINDA CLEARY FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA
PUBLISHED: 15:36, 22 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:36, 22 February 2016
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3458498/Newtown-High-School-Performing-Arts-removes-gender-labels-uniform.html

Students at a high school have successfully lobbied to change the dress policy to allow male and female pupils to wear any uniform item they want.

Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, in Sydney’s inner west, hasadopted a new non-gender uniform policy after a group of year 11 students led by Jo Dwyer lobbied the school administration to make the school dress-code transgender friendly, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

‘Our aim was to remove the un-inclusive gender labels from the school uniform,’ Mr Dwyer said.

The new school policy means students can wear any of the traditional uniform options regardless of their gender.

‘Before the changes were implemented, students had to go through the school with parental permission and notes from psychologists before they were allowed to wear the cross gender uniform, and that wasn’t really a possibility for some students whose parents aren’t supportive of their gender identity,’ he said.

LGBTI advocacy group Safe Schools Coalition Australia released a statement telling schools now is a good time for all schools to consider how ‘inclusive their uniform policy is’.

‘Provisions could be considered by the school for the student to wear elements of the uniform they feel most comfortable with,’ the statement read.

A spokesperson for the NSW Department of Education said ‘students can wear any part of the available uniform options’ and were free to decide the makeup of their uniform.

Not everyone in the community is impressed by the school’s decision to allow students to make their own decisions on how to dress.

Wendy Francis, a spokeswoman for The Australian Christian Lobby, says she doesn’t ‘get it’.

‘It is a retrograde idea in my mind, there is no need to say we are going to allow boys to wear a kilt or girls to wear trousers, I find it almost laughable,’ she said.

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