gender neutral bathrooms

cis ppl tend to sometimes say that “feminism/social justice has gone too far!” when a gender neutral pronoun is acknowledged by an authority figure or when gender neutral bathrooms are included somewhere, and i’m still really puzzled as to what this discourse exactly means

i am here, i use gender neutral pronouns and i’m uncomfortable using gendered bathrooms. most of these people speak as if i don’t exist, and that these changes happen because some brainwashing force of nature is making people in positions of power add gender neutral pronouns or bathrooms when they aren’t needed. it seems like they erase me and my nb siblings so they can attack authority figures (who were probably very rectulant on being nb inclusive in the first place) in an attempt to seem radical, so they can get defensive and say “i don’t hate trans ppl, but there ARE only two genders!!” when told that their reaction being as strong as it is sounds really sketchy.

erasing people to a political statement, then attacking that statement, really isn’t that radical.

It’s moments like this where being an advocate pays off. My school now has a gender neutral bathroom open, and even though I’m a senior and won’t get a lot of use out of it, I know that I’m helping students in the future. Even though it’s a single stall sort of deal, since we didn’t have money to build a whole new bathroom it’s still progress. I hope that more people advocate all over so that future generations don’t have to.

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Mayor of Seattle proposes that all single-stall public bathrooms be gender-neutral
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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has proposed legislation that would make all single-occupancy public bathrooms gender-neutral, as opposed to designated just for men or for women. 

The city of Seattle already provides for trans people to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity. However, this doesn’t solve the problem for those who don’t feel comfortable in male or female bathrooms. Gender-neutral single-stall bathrooms are an easy solution for accommodating trans and nonbinary people, as well as people like parents with different-gender children or people who require the assistance of a caregiver of a different gender. 

“The transgender community deserves the dignity and respect that most people take for granted,” Murray said. The legislation would affect bathrooms in such public places as restaurants, parks, stores, and City Hall, though it would only affect bathrooms that are designed for use by one person at a time.

The move follows similar actions taken in Portland, Oregon’s Multnomah County and in Philadelphia, which has passed legislation mandating all-gender restrooms in city or county-controlled buildings, Murray’s office said.

The District of Columbia and California’s West Hollywood have passed laws requiring gender-neutral signage on all single-occupant restrooms in public places, it said.

It’s not certain if or when the city council will take up the issue, but the fact that it’s been successfully implemented in other cities is definitely a good sign. This is super exciting and I can’t wait to see it become the norm. 

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Students stage epic “shit-in” for gender neutral bathrooms

A group at San Diego State University hosted a “Shit-In” on Oct. 21 to advocate for gender-neutral bathrooms, which they say will help create a safer campus environment for trans and gender-nonconforming people in their community. According to a 2013 Williams Institute study, as many as 70% of trans people reported being denied entrance, assaulted or harassed while trying to use a restroom. 

They challenged people to use a non gender segregated bathroom for a week. 

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Leelah Alcorn’s legacy: The White House moves against conversion therapy

Obama makes another bold move toward LGBT inclusion, too – gender-neutral bathrooms

“Inspired by the suicide late last year of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn, the White House issued an official response to a petition to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy. The petition’s eloquent plea for a “Leelah’s Law” chronicled how “her parents had forced her to attend conversion therapy, pulled her out of school and isolated her in an attempt to change her gender identity,” noting that “Therapists that engage in the attempt to brainwash or reverse any child’s gender identity or sexual orientation are seriously unethical and legislation is needed to end such practices that are resulting in LGBTQ+ deaths.”

Writing in response late Wednesday, White House adviser Valerie Jarrett said, “As part of our dedication to protecting America’s youth, this administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors,” adding that “The American Psychological Association has repeatedly affirmed its stance against these practices, recently stating that efforts to change an individual’s sexual orientation can pose serious health risks to LGBTQ+ individuals.”

The White House notes that “a national ban would require congressional action,” but with the weight of strong evidence of the harmful effects of the practice, there’s cause for hope.

And in another gesture of goodwill and inclusion, the White House also announced Wednesday that it now has a gender neutral bathroom on the premises. The White House already “allows staff and guests to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity, which is in keeping with the administration’s existing legal guidance on this issue and consistent with what is required by the executive order that took effect today for federal contractors,” White House spokesman Jeff Tiller told CNN Wednesday. But now it additionally offers an “all-gender restroom [that] provides guests and staff an additional option” with a facility in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, near the West Wing.

These are mighty gestures of recognition and acceptance. And they are telling the world that this administration accepts the humanity of all Americans. That it is and should be unconscionable to attempt to alter the orientation of another person, and that we are entitled to respect and dignity in all facets of our lives, including where we wash our hands. Speaking with the New York Times Wednesday, Valerie Jarrett said that President Obama had been moved to action by the death of Leelah Alcorn. But she continued, “It was tragic, but I will tell you, unfortunately, she has a lot of company. It’s not the story of one young person. It is the story of countless young people who have been subjected to this.” And now, it’s moving one big step closer to becoming a story with a conclusion.”

Read the full piece here

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Why Ashton Kutcher is So Worked Up About Public Bathrooms

“As a new dad, I recently learned an unfortunate reality about changing diapers while out in public with a child,” Kutcher wrote. “Almost all public changing tables are in women’s bathrooms, which makes it nearly impossible to find a table that’s accessible to dads. As crazy as it sounds, many stores don’t give dads the option to change their babies’ diapers. It’s 2015, families are diverse, and it is an injustice to assume it’s only a woman’s job to handle changing diapers. This assumption is gender stereotyping and companies should be supporting all parents that shop at their stores equally – no matter their gender.”

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Philadelphia mayor signs sweeping trans-inclusive law

Last week, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed legislation that will make the city one of the most trans-friendly places in the country and even in the world.

The law passed the City Council last month and extends a host of rights to trans and gender nonconforming individuals. The most prominent aspect of the law mandates that city-owned buildings have all-gender bathrooms in addition to gendered ones, but there are other changes, too. For example:

There is more to the bill than just a neutral place to relieve oneself. Nutter, city and state lawmakers and gay rights advocates said the legislation makes Philadelphia the first city in the U.S. to offer tax credits to companies that extend the same health care coverage to LGBT employees’ domestic partners and their children as they provide to heterosexual spouses and their children.

Officials said the legislation also makes Philadelphia the first city to offer businesses tax credits as a way to encourage providing transgender-specific health benefits. …

In addition to the business tax incentives, which were backed by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce as well as LGBT advocacy groups, and the gender-neutral restrooms, the legislation revises Philadelphia’s anti-discrimination law to include transgender people, extends decision-making rights to life partners on medical and other issues, and changes city forms and websites to offer options for same-sex couples and transgender people.

This is really just incredible. Let’s make this the standard. 

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Help support gender neutral bathrooms in the Maryland School System! 

write and share your thoughts or photos of yourself holding a sign like this one! “I support gender-neutral bathrooms because… (blank: insert your reason here”. 

THANK YOU! 

we’re trying to allow everyone to have a safe place to pee. 

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University of California to create gender-neutral bathrooms

The University of California has committed to creating gender-neutral bathrooms on all 10 of its campuses.

All single-stall restrooms currently available on UC campuses will be transformed into all-gender bathrooms, and newly built or renovated campuses will incorporate such bathrooms into their designs.

University of California officials do not have details on how many single-stall restrooms exist at the system’s 10 campuses, which in total serve about 238,000 students, nor how much it will cost to convert them, said Brooke Converse, a spokeswoman for the system.

A slightly different policy already exists for students in the state’s kindergarten through grade 12 system after California last year approved the first state law in the United States requiring public schools to allow transgender students to choose which restrooms they want to use.

In another change Napolitano has pledged to implement, students who have not legally changed their name will be allowed to use a different one on certain campus records, officials said in a statement. 

For those who are college-bound, take note; the UC system is doing good things for its LGBT students. 

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This Trans Woman Explains Why We Need Genderless Bathrooms

thank you buzzfeed for both bringing this issue up despite it being controversial and also including a trans woman in your video. Many reputable news organizations and advocacy groups fail to feature trans/non-binary individuals even on topics that hugely impact them and it’s good to see a group with so much social capital using it positively.