Gender inclusive bathrooms are becoming a national norm. In July of this year, over 150 educational facilities in the nation had gender inclusive facilities, according to the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s LGBTQ organization The Stonewall Center. Central Oregon Community College is now joining this movement and currently has eight gender inclusive bathrooms on the Bend campus.
Karen Roth, the director of multicultural activities for COCC, is one of the driving forces behind the implementation of gender inclusive bathrooms on campus.
One of the necessities of gender inclusive bathrooms came from past instances of violence against transgender individuals who were told they were using the “wrong” bathroom, according to Roth.
“These bathrooms offer a more private and perhaps safer place for our transgender students and staff as well as those transitioning in their gender identity,” Roth said.
In addition, the restrooms can create a safe environment for families, according to Roth.
COCC student, Michael Lopez compared the gender inclusive bathrooms to the type of family-friendly facilities often available at recreation and aquatic centers.
“It really is no different,” Lopez said.
Where can I find a gender inclusive bathroom?
Boyle Education Center (second floor)
Pence (upper floor next to men’s and women’s restrooms)
Redmond Technology Education Center (when construction is completed)
Science Building (first floor)
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Sydney Scout | The Broadside