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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

An all-gender restroom, or a gender inclusive restroom, is a facility that is open to individuals of all gender identities and expressions. These restrooms can be single stall or multi-stall.
To model our values of inclusion, we are moving away from the term “gender-neutral” in favor of terms such as “all-gender”, “gender inclusive”, or simply “inclusive” or “restroom” to label restrooms. “Gender inclusive” recognizes that genders exist outside of the gender binary and individuals of all gender identities may use the restroom. Further, “inclusive restroom” indicates that the restroom is open to all people of all identities. This includes all gender identities, people with disabilities, families, et cetera.

Everyone has basic needs, including using a restroom. Historically, bathrooms have been regulated based on gender stereotypes and perceived gender identity. All-gender restrooms increase access and reduce the risk of discrimination and harassment for all community members and visitors, including: 

  • Transgender, intersex, nonbinary, and gender expansive people; 
  • People with limited mobility who want to use the nearest restroom;
  • People who need a caregiver’s assistance; and
  • Caregivers with children.

To learn more, check out this video from Stalled!, available online at: https://www.stalled.online/.

We would also encourage you to check out the following Podcast: 99% Invisible, “Where Do We Go From Here?,” Episode No. 412 (September 2020), available online at: https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/where-do-we-go-from-here/.

Here’s a map to the current all-gender restrooms on campus.  Additionally, the All-Gender Restroom Access Committee has been charged to address needs in four critical areas:

  • Existing Infrastructure;
  • Renovation Projects;
  • New Construction; and
  • Advocacy and Communications.

The All-Gender Restroom Access Committee will: 

  • Continue to roll out new signage;
  • Re-prioritize "deserts(buildings or areas of campus where there are currently no readily accessible All-Gender options) and propose solutions to leadership;
  • Develop guidelines and procedures for sustainable change; and
  • Advocate for state and county plumbing code changes.

No, there are gender-specific (men’s/women’s) restrooms in every building. 

Check out this helpful video from Minus18, an Australian charity improving the lives of LGBTQIA+ youth, available online at: https://www.minus18.org.au/.


Below are some links to additional resources. While we have only listed a few, please know there are tons of resources and information about these and related topics, and we encourage you to continue your learning journey.

Also, please consider signing up for Tartan Allies training at Carnegie Mellon:
https://www.cmu.edu/student-diversity/learning-and-development/index.html