There has been a lot of discussion over gender-neutral bathrooms and it certainly is not a new subject. There are even some movements lately that have tried to make the restrooms illegal but others are working hard to make sure they are available for those that need them. A number of studies show that gender-neutral toilets in public places make it a safe option for those who belong to the LGBTQ+ community. It now seems as if Julia Roberts is fighting for the cause as well by trying to make them available for students across the US.
Roberts uploaded an image to Instagram posing in front of a sign that reads ‘gender-neutral bathroom’. She is pointing at the sign as if to make a statement. The caption for the photo perhaps says it all: I wish they all said this. Please check out my story.” On her Instagram story, the actress said, “GLSEN makes schools safe for every student no matter your sexual orientation or gender identity” and directed her fans and other Instagram users to a donation page on the GLSEN website. GLSEN, pronounced “glisten” and formerly known as the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, is an organization that aims to support LGTBQ+ students.
The page wanted visitors to “ensure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity [and/or] expression.”
It didn’t necessarily mention where the donations would be directed but the implementation of those restrooms is part of the GLSEN programming throughout the United States. Visitors could donate monthly to the organization, which they say is the ‘easiest, most efficient way’.
Roberts has shown support for this cause in the past. On her 49th birthday in 2016, she told fans that they could make a donation to the group. “It is my pleasure every year to support GLSEN. I love this night. I told the kids backstage … that this is like my third favorite night of the year – and one and two, but don’t tell anyone.”
She continued, “But one of the three nights might be my birthday, which is next Friday. If you wake up next Friday and think, ‘What should I get Julia for her birthday?’ Then donate to GLSEN. I’m going to be 49, so a $49 donation would be great. Thank you.”
The Instagram post from Roberts has reached close to 300,000 likes. There’s no saying if that means that they have received that many donations. The group utilizes all donations to conduct “extensive and original research to inform evidence-based solutions for K-12 education and empower students to affect change by supporting student-led efforts to positively impact their own schools and local communities” among numerous other goals and objectives.
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