Turin, the school is “gender fluid” – Corriere.it

of Chiara Sandrucci

Neutral bathroom, “alias career” and circular letters in inclusive language: there are five high schools in the city where students have requested and received measures in this direction

The school finished yesterday and we are already thinking about next year. Among the topics that have been raised in recent months, a new theme is emerging: the idea of ​​a “gender fluid” school that includes “Career Alias”, neutral and circular bathrooms and inclusive (or rather “extended”) language . There are already five high schools that started this way in Turin, High schools where students are asked and given measures in this direction by vote of the Institute Council. The way is open.

It was late February though the classic Alfieri inaugurated the first neutral bathroomwith Gioberti from next year onwards they are 4 out of 6. They can be used by anyone: males, females, people in gender transition or “non-binary” people who do not recognize themselves in any of them.

The classical and musical Cavour was the first to adopt the “Career Alias”. a year ago, the Regina Margherita at the end of March and the Convitto Umberto I last month: in these schools the desired name in the genus heard officially recognized, unlike those registered in the registry. Anna has the right to be called Andrea without ever having to “get out”. In the classroom, in the electronic register, and in school documents. A question of gender identity and not of sexual orientation.

“It takes a lot of discretion, it’s a delicate age group and it’s a path that needs to be shared with families – notes Francesca Di Liberti, Director of Regina Margherita – at the moment we have introduced the administrative procedure for the needs to meet some students, without advertising the initiative too much and after a long time think about it. “To those who raised doubts in this regard, he replied that”it is a matter of acceptance“.

The neutral bathrooms, on the other hand, at Regina are not yet there, while they have multiplied in Gioberti. We conducted a survey among our 1,300 students, out of 600 responses we had 60% of it – reports principal Miriam Pescatore – however, we decided to leave two ‘traditional’, one reserved for males and the other for males. Females. ”There will be no need to do all the work, a label will suffice. A formality, because the students actually exchange them already.

The introduction of alias careers in neutral bathrooms helps to make training places inclusive, precisely at an age where we are constantly discovering our bodies and our identities – says Penelope, activist of the LaSt movement -. This is why we think it’s incredibly important for those whose gender identity does not match the biological gender to have the opportunity to feel an equal part of the school community.

The aim is for all schools to take similar measures, even if Alfieri’s neutral bathroom has provoked the reaction of students’ identity rights, who posted a large poster at one of the high school’s entrances the following night. the inscription “Male and female, period.” Detractors argue that gender bias in school contributes to confusing the identities of children and young people. “For us, it’s the opposite: it’s a way to guarantee everyone’s well-being without taking anything away from anyone,” says Gianni Roggero, president of Agedo Torino, the association of parents of LGBT + people who even remembers. Pity the oppressors who do not feel accepted in the episodes of homotransphobic bullying. There are those who are still forced to change schools.

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June 8, 2022 (change June 8, 2022 | 22:29)

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