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Australian high school dumps gendered uniforms

“Our aim was to remove the un-inclusive gender labels from the school uniform."

Students at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts in Sydney have successfully lobbied to change the dress policy to allow male and female pupils to wear any uniform item they want.
The school has adopted a new non-gender uniform policy after a group of year 11 students lobbied 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,” Jo Dwyer, a year 11 student at the school, said.
“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.
The move has been welcomed by the LGBTI community however it has been condemned by Christian groups.

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