The UVM Libraries are proud to be introducing some new non gender-segregated restrooms (also sometimes known as “all-gender,” “gender-neutral,” or “gender-inclusive” restrooms) as we start the fall 2016 semester.
These restrooms are the result of student demand, a campus-wide effort to expand access to restrooms that aren’t segregated by gender, and the library’s long-standing commitment to ensuring that all people have equitable access to information.
A few of the benefits of non gender-segregated restrooms are:
- Safer spaces for trans and gender non-conforming library users
- Less waiting for restroom availability based on gender
- Easier access for caretakers of different gender presentations
- Easier access for custodial staff
We’re also proud to uphold guidelines from the Department of Justice ensuring that trans students can use the restroom that’s consistent with their gender identity.
Basically, you get to choose what’s right for you!
You can find new non gender-segregated restrooms on the second and third floors of Bailey/Howe, near the elevators at the top of the main stairway (Rooms 251 & 252; 351 & 352). We’re currently completing Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant renovations to room 252 to increase accessibility.
We also have a pre-existing, non gender-segregated restroom on the ground floor (Room 026). To find it turn right at Media Services and follow signs for Acquisitions. It’s across from Acquisitions and next to the Free Book shelf.
To learn more about the importance of non gender-segregated restrooms and their locations on campus, please see: http://www.uvm.edu/~lgbtqa/?Page=transinfo.html&SM=programsmenu.html