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Gender-Neutral Facilities

Hi,

if I might ask, what steps is the Union taking to work with the university towards creating dedicated gender-neutral facilities, such as toilets? Like many non binary people, the lack of facilites specific to my gender identity is a source of discomfort. Sorry if this is a question that has been answered: the SUSU website has no funciton for me to search previously asked questions.

Best Wishes!

Submitted on Wednesday 13th January 2016 by Pip Dillistone

Hi Pip,

The Students’ Union at present has two gender neutral toilets – the accessible toilet on Level 4 outside the second doors to The Bridge, and a gender neutral toilet on Level 2 down the corridor from the Sabb Office labelled ‘Staff’, which has been agreed that anyone seeking out a gender neutral toilet in the union is welcome to use it.

I believe the University has agreed to have at least one gender-neutral toilet in every new building they plan, however in existing buildings they are constrained in creating new gender-neutral bathrooms by space and plumbing.

As someone who is non-binary it can be a pain not to have a convenient gender-neutral toilet nearby, but I have found that the existing accessible toilets and even gendered toilets around campus have never made me feel unsafe.

This is something I would like to follow up on this term, part of which will hopefully involve creating a map of gender-neutral toilets around campus.

Please feel free to contact me with any further questions.

All the best,

Caitlin Doyle

Equality and Diversity Officer

Thursday 14th Jan 2016 11:26am

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