Students Can Choose Between Boy and Girl Uniforms at This Australian School

Australian School Implements Genderless School Uniform Policy
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02/24/2016 AT 03:30 PM EST

An Australian school has implemented a new uniform policy that doesn't differentiate between boys and girls.

Sydney's Newton High School of the Performing Arts has switched to a singular uniform policy, the Sydney Morning Herald reports, meaning that students born male can choose to wear female uniforms and vice versa.

Students are also able to refer to themselves as either male or female and use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identities.

"Our aim was to remove the un-inclusive gender labels from the school uniform," Jo Dwyer, a student at the school who lobbied for the policy, told The Sydney Morning Herald. "And make it so that anyone could wear any aspect of the uniform without having to go through a long and difficult process."



The Australian Christian Lobby has fought back against what they think is a "radical" policy.

"This whole questioning of what it means to be male or female and the idea that gender doesn't matter anymore, I think is radical gender theory," ACL director Lyle Shelton told ABC News. "I think people are wondering if this is where rainbow ideology and rainbow politics is taking us."

Many parents of students at the school welcome the change. Maya Saric, a parent with two children at the school, is glad that students will now be able to make these choices for themselves.

"If children are really struggling with that issue, then they shouldn't be … forced into pigeonholes by the school," she told ABC News. "They're facing enough turmoil and changes and crisis of their own. It's not really relevant what color trousers they're wearing and whether they're wearing a skirt or shorts."
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