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Harini Sivalingam, Director of the Equality Program of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, made the following statement:

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association strongly condemns the Québec Education Minister’s Directive prohibiting the construction of new gender-neutral washrooms in Québec schools. While individual washrooms that are universal and accessible must still be built, concerns remain around the blanket prohibition of safe and inclusive washrooms and change rooms that are gender neutral. Everyone deserves to have access to facilities that affirm their gender identity and ensure their safety and comfort. Students and staff at schools in Québec should have access to safe and inclusivegender-neutral washrooms and change rooms. We call on the Minister to withdraw the Directive and consult with affected 2SLGBTQIA+ communities on how to ensure that Québec schools are safe, welcoming and inclusive learning environments for all students.

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