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Refuge Restrooms is now available as a native iOS application through the Apple Store. And best of all, the app is completely free!

We are so proud and excited about the work that Harlan Kellaway has been doing on this native iOS client here at Refuge! Attached are some screenshots from the app.

Our listings are worldwide (with over 5700 listings at this time). If you don’t see any near you, please help us out by adding nearby safe bathrooms to our database!

As always, you can always access the database from http://www.refugerestrooms.org - - And there is also an unofficial client with limited features on the android store as well (that unfortunately has adds, which we are trying to get the developer to remove). And the official Refuge Android application in currently in development.

Get stoked. Refuge is coming to iOS

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timhortonsmajesty asked:

hey! i'm a student at suny potsdam and we have gender-neutral housing that i've been in for the past year. it's extremely accommodating--we have gender-neutral bathrooms and the first thing that we did on move-in day (once parents were gone to make sure that anyone who wasn't out didn't get outed) was get everyone's preferred name & pronouns so that the RA could have it & we could have proper nametags on the doors. it makes me feel a lot better than traditional housing did (esp. because we (1/3)

were divided into “girls/boys only” floors my first year, which screwed me over big-time dysphoria-wise). the only i want to advise you on is the make up an “agreement” for the housing (like how there is with things like substance-free housing) since we had a problem with extremely homo/transphobic cishet couples not only living on the floor, but outnumbering lgbt students on the floor & keeping them from moving in. also, it’s important that you keep any applicable housing director in (2/3)
(3/3) the loop, as i know quite a few people on the floor (including two agender individuals and a trans man) who got emails from our residence director about a “girl’s night” and had things given to us (ex. a “finals survival kit”) with our birthnames written on it. also, make sure that the RA/residence director/any applicable staff are educated on lgbt issues and that if there are any cishet students, they are also educated! and if you have any questions, you can always send me an ask. :)

Thank you! This is a very good reference, I’m going to tag it! — Misfitreindeer
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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. 

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. 

Austin’s new bathroom proposal is an innovation all cities should enact 

Once thought of as politically correct oddities, colleges, businesses and politicians alike are finally realizing the myriad benefits of gender-neutral restrooms.

The Austin City Council in Texas on Thursday joined the push for bathroom neutrality, introducing a resolution requiring single-stall public restrooms to be gender-neutral. If passed, Austin will be protecting the safety of transgender, gender queer and gender non-conforming individuals when using public restrooms. Austin would also be the first city in Texas to implement such a law.

But they’re not the first US city to do it | Follow micdotcom

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Hunter College, CUNY, in the middle of Manhattan.

This sign was up for about a week [EDIT] 3 days (posted on October 2nd).

We had petitioned for 3 years to get the sign placed.

There are only 2 other gender neutral bathrooms on the 68th street campus, which spans 3 tall buildings and the much older, smaller Thomas Hunter Hall where this bathroom is located.

It only took 3 days for this sign to get vandalized and rendered illegible. We just want a safe place to pee.

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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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. 

The Student Senate at Florida State University has passed a resolution to designate gender-neutral bathrooms for the first time in FSU’s history.

The resolution passed on the grounds of the school’s equal opportunity non-discrimination policy, which protects against discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression (among other factors), and received support from the school’s on-campus LGBTQ+ student government agency.

Soon, two non-gender-specific bathrooms will be installed in the student union.

“We have such a membership base that identifies as trans* or non-gender binary and so we’re constantly looking for ways to make lives better for those students,” said Jarryd Boyd, public relations coordinator for the Pride Student Union. “The issue came up because of students feeling unsafe or even harassed when they used the bathroom so we definitely wanted to address it to make them feel more integrated within our campus.”

As for more non-gender-specific bathrooms being installed at Florida State, Boyd believes the future is bright.

“FSU is constantly pushing toward being a more inclusive campus so that no matter their identity, sexual orientation and so on, all students fall under the Nondiscrimination Policy,” Boyd said. “We definitely hope that [non-gender-specific] bathrooms will continue to grow and create a more inclusive campus for all students no matter their identity or gender expression.”

This makes me so proud to be an FSU sister. Way to go, friends.