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.
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,
Equality and Diversity Officer
Thursday 14th Jan 2016 11:26am
Question for: Equality & Diversity Officer