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Monday, 01 August 2011 23:07

The University Of Texas Launched Gender-Neutral Restrooms

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Big first in Texas! The University decided to propose gender-neutral restrooms on all the campus.

"Most buildings already have one or two single-stall restrooms, so it has been as easy as taking down the male or female sign and installing a lock on the door," Linda Millstone said, the associate vice president for the Office of Institutional Equity and Workforce Diversity.

The Daily Texas OnlineDaily Texas Online reports that gender-neutral restrooms will benefit a number of different people, including GLBT-identified persons, people with disabilities and people with medical conditions such as diabetes who need a private place to administer medication.

"If I am a woman in a wheelchair and my attendant is a male, where am I supposed to go?" Millstone said. "I identified this problem and immediately several committee individuals were willing to help with the project."

"I’ve seen women take 8-year-old boys into the women’s restroom, and it starts to feel very uncomfortable," Natural Sciences senior Chelsea Shipp added.

It's also about security as explained Ixchel Rosal, Gender and Sexuality Center Director:

"If someone goes into a restroom and is not perceived as belonging to that restroom, they may be negatively impacted."

I think this could be the perfect solution for everyone that we were looking for.

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