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Transgender toilet suit sparks school review

in AUSTRALIA, 27/09/2013

A threatened anti-discrimination lawsuit by a parent of a transgender child has opened the door to Queensland schools introducing unisex toilets, change rooms and sports teams.

State Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek confirmed yesterday that a departmental review would likely lead to new guidelines for school principals to accommodate the "special needs" of gay and transgender children.

The review follows the decision of a state school this year to order a nine-year-old pupil to only use a disabled toilet after the child, who was born male, won the right to be recognised as a girl.

Parents of the child, known as "Emma", threatened to launch civil action and forced a backflip from the school.

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