Gender Neutral Restroom Map
The Equal Opportunity Office is providing the campus community with a map of gender neutral restrooms on campus.
Gender neutral restrooms can be particularly valuable in providing safe and reasonably accessible places for transgender, non-binary and gender nonconforming students, faculty and staff to use the restroom. Many transgender and gender nonconforming people experience harassment, and at times even assault, when attempting to access gender-specific public restrooms. Even when this gender policing does not occur at Western, experiences of it elsewhere can impact people’s feelings of safety and acceptance when using campus restrooms. Providing the option of gender neutral restrooms allows people who do not feel comfortable using gender-specific restrooms, due to concerns with harassment, to avoid the health risks posed by refraining from using restrooms all day. Gender neutral restrooms can also be useful to individuals with disabilities who have an attendant of a different gender, and to parents and guardians who wish to accompany their children into the restroom.
The signage for Western’s gender neutral restrooms was designed by a former Western student during her time working in the AS Publicity Center, and intentionally avoids stereotypical and gender-binary stick figure images that are found on traditional restrooms signs.
At Western, everyone has the right to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity.