Gender-Neutral Restrooms

Frequently Asked Questions

1

What does the "All-Gender Restroom" sign mean?

It means that anyone can use that restroom, regardless of sex assigned at birth, genitalia, gender identity, and gender expression.

2

Why are gender inclusive restrooms important?

Many people are concerned with safety when it comes to gender inclusive restrooms. The reality is, that transgender and gender non-binary individuals are the ones who often face harassment, discrimination, and sometimes even violence, when they are seen as a threat to those who do not respect or understand their gender identity. Cisgender (non-transgender) individuals can use public spaces like restrooms without thinking about whether or not they will be safe or free from gender policing. Transgender and gender non-binary individuals on the other hand, sometimes choose to avoid going to the bathroom all day until they are in the safety and comfort of their home or other non-public venue, where they know they will not be physically or verbally accosted.

There are NO instances of transgender people harassing cisgender people in restrooms, and a Media Matters 2015 report found no instances of inappropriate behavior or harassment in 17 of the country’s largest school districts in which students are allowed to use changing/locker rooms and bathroom facilities that correspond to their gender identity.

It is illegal to harass anyone in a restroom, and bills or laws that propose criminal or financial penalties to transgender individuals for using the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity are irrelevant and prejudicial.

3

Who can use gender inclusive restrooms?

Gender-inclusive restrooms are for everyone, and can be especially useful for:

  • People with disabilities or those who have personal care attendants whose gender identity differs from one another
  • Individuals with children of a different gender who would otherwise have to split up or face misunderstanding when trying to access a restroom
  • People who would otherwise have to wait in a line for a gender-specific restroom

4

Why do some of the restrooms on the map have a sign on them that specifies a gender?

The effort to designate gender inclusive restrooms on campus is an ongoing project. The map lists all single-stall restrooms that lock, so whether the sign designates, “Women” “Men” “Unisex” or “All-Gender”, anyone can use that restroom. However, we recognize that for some, it may not feel safe and/or affirming to use a restroom that is gendered. The “All-Gender Restroom” signs have been installed and will continue to be installed in an effort to increase campus safety and inclusiveness for all students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors.