All-Gender Bathrooms @ North Seattle College
Thu, 25 Feb 2016
Have you heard about the student-led initiative to create more All-Gender bathrooms at North Seattle College?
Students and Staff at North have been working to create bathrooms that are inclusive of all genders and gender identities.
What are All-Gender bathrooms and why do we need them? All-Gender bathrooms are bathrooms that don’t specify a single gender (male or female). There are many people (trans, gender-nonconforming etc.) who do not identify with current societal gender roles (male/female) and who do not feel safe or comfortable using single-gender bathrooms. In addition to fear of harassment, students and employees who feel unsafe in single-gender bathrooms might not want to use public bathrooms at all, which can lead to risk of medical problems.
Who Else Benefits from All-Gender Bathrooms? Parents/caregivers whose children are a different gender from them & people with caregivers or personal attendants who are a different gender from them.
All students and employees are at their best academically and socially when they can access safe spaces on campus, and increasing the number of all-gender bathrooms is a way to provide more safety. Further, North Seattle College’s non-discrimination policy includes gender identity and expression as a protected class, and all-gender bathrooms are one way we live up to that policy.
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What does the law say?
On August 10, 2015, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed legislation requiring all places of public accommodation in the City of Seattle to provide all-gender restrooms (seattle.gov/civilrights). Seattle joins West Hollywood, California and Washington, D.C. in requiring all single-stall restrooms to be labeled as all-gender or gender-neutral. This legislation will increase access to safe public restrooms for transgender GNC residents and visitors in Seattle. Furthermore, state law explicitly prohibits discrimination based on gender expression and actual or perceived gender identity (aclu.wa.org)