“Kicked out”: LGBTQ youths' bathroom experiences and preferences

Carolyn M. Porta, Amy L. Gower, Christopher J. Mehus, Xiaohui Yu, Elizabeth M. Saewyc, Marla E. Eisenberg

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Abstract

Attention toward who can use which gender binary, multi-stall bathroom has brought to the forefront, once again, the ways in which youth are supported or marginalized. No study has documented sexual and gender minority youths' experiences with and perspectives about bathrooms. We collected qualitative data in 2014–2015. Participants were 25 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth, aged 14–19, in the United States and Canada. Their comments describe first- and second-hand bathroom experiences, identify advocacy efforts, and highlight the roles of peers and adults in making bathrooms safe (or not). Youth emphasized the importance of gender-neutral bathrooms in fostering a sense of safety and inclusivity. Adult support and gay-straight alliances (GSAs) were important contributors to a welcoming environment and fostered advocacy efforts for gender-neutral bathrooms. We encourage purposeful inclusivity of youths' voices when enacting bathroom-specific policies and legislation that directly influence their health and well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-112
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Volume56
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017

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Keywords

  • Bathroom legislation
  • Gay-straight alliances
  • LGBTQ youth
  • Safety
  • Schools

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“Kicked out” : LGBTQ youths' bathroom experiences and preferences. / Porta, Carolyn M.; Gower, Amy L.; Mehus, Christopher J.; Yu, Xiaohui; Saewyc, Elizabeth M.; Eisenberg, Marla E.

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Porta, Carolyn M. ; Gower, Amy L. ; Mehus, Christopher J. ; Yu, Xiaohui ; Saewyc, Elizabeth M. ; Eisenberg, Marla E. / “Kicked out” : LGBTQ youths' bathroom experiences and preferences. In: Journal of Adolescence. 2017 ; Vol. 56. pp. 107-112.
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