Students at Prairie universities push for gender-neutral bathrooms

October 18, 2011

Students at some Prairie universities are calling for gender-neutral bathrooms for transgendered individuals who do not feel comfortable having to pick between washrooms for men and women. Proponents say transgendered people are often harassed or embarrassed no matter which washrooms they pick. A transgendered student at the University of Winnipeg says having a gender-neutral bathroom that everyone could use would simply recognize the diversity of today's campus. Wanting to make its campus as inclusive as possible, uWinnipeg says it is willing to change a few of its washroom signs as early as this academic year. The University of Regina is open to the idea of adding gender-neutral bathrooms in any new facilities, but students would like to see some existing washrooms converted before then, says the president of uRegina's student union. Canadian Press