may feel discomfort or suffer harassment when using male- or female-specific
restooms on campus. "Gender Neutral Restrooms," usually single-stall
restrooms, provide a safe facility for trans people. These restrooms also
assist families (e.g. mothers bringing sons or fathers bringing daughters
to a restroom), as well as people with disabilities who need the assistance
of an opposite-sex attendant. Single-stall restrooms also more easily
meet accessibility regulations set by the Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA). California building codes require at least one female-specific
restroom and one male-specific restroom in new buildings. However, additional
facilities may be gender free.
- UCLGBTIA Resolution
in Support of Safe and Accessible Gender Neutral Restrooms (*pdf format)
- The University
of Arizona's Statement on Restroom Access is a model for other campuses.
- UC San Diego successfully
approached the AVC of Business Affairs/Facilities to compile a list
of restrooms on campus. The AVC inventoried single- and multi-stall
facilities, and offered to change signs for single stall rooms, and
put identified list
of restrooms on the web. The AVC will also propose more single-stall
units within future buildings.
- UCLA also has a
list of campus
single-stall restrooms on the web.
- UC Riverside also
has a list of single-occupancy
restrooms on the web.
- UC Santa Barbara
student group PISSAR (People
In Search of Safe & Accessible Restrooms) is a coalition
of queer activists and accessibility/disability activists. Members are
visiting every restroom on the UCSB campus to learn more about whether
they are accessible to people with disabilities, gender free, stocked
with tampons, child-care friendly, etc. See the PISSAR
Checklist (*pdf format) or email PISSAR at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Use the documentary
video "Toilet Training"
to educate your campus. The video addresses the persistent discrimination,
harassment, and violence that people who transgress gender norms face
in gender segregated bathrooms. Using the stories of people who have
been harassed, arrested or beaten for trying to use bathrooms, Toilet
Training focuses on bathroom access in public space, in schools, and
at work. Cost is on a sliding scale, or $75 for community organizations
and student groups or $195 for institutions.
- On November 12,
2003 the Associated Students of San Diego State University passed Council
Bill F03-05 "Resolution in Support of Gender Neutral/Family Restrooms"
with acclamation. This resolution will provide for safe restrooms across
the campus for transgender students. The first phase of the resolution
will be to convert a set of male/female restrooms in SDSU's student
Union building, Aztec Center, to be converted into gender neutral facilities.
This will include changing the door signs to read Male/Female, placing
locks on the doors, and adding diaper changing tables into the restrooms.
The first part of the project, paid for by the Associated Students,
will cost about $2400.00. The resolution also states that the location
of all designated Gender Neutral Restrooms will be listed in the University's
General Catalog in the "Special Programs and Services" section.
- Signage - Avoid
any gender definition. Circle & triangle symbols are seen as gender-defining
(like stick-man/dress figures). Prefer use of the word "restroom."
- Contacts for Design
& Construction service at UCOP:
Asst. Director Michael Wester - SoCal
Asst. Director Michael Bade - NorCal
Facilities Management at UCOP: Director Johnny Torres
Campus Architects - Campus Standards are defined locally
- Protest the lack
of facilities by posting signs declaring restrooms to be "Gender