Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What are all-gender restrooms?
What are the differences between “gender-inclusive restrooms,” “all-gender restrooms,” and “inclusive restrooms”?
Why are they necessary?
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/.
What is the current state at CMU?
- Existing Infrastructure;
- Renovation Projects;
- New Construction; and
- Advocacy and Communications.
What is the future plan for CMU?
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.
Do I have to use an all-gender restroom?
No, there are gender-specific (men’s/women’s) restrooms in every building.
Where can I learn more about gender identity and gender expression?
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.
- Article: NPR, “A Guide To Gender Identity Terms,” (2021), available online at: https://www.npr.org/2021/06/02/996319297/gender-identity-pronouns-expression-guide-lgbtq.
- Website: Trans Student Educational Resources, “Definitions,” available online at: https://transstudent.org/about/definitions/.
- Podcast: Lean In, Tilted: A Lean In Podcast, “Gender Beyond the Binary with Joey Soloway and Jacob Tobia,” Season 2, Episode 1 (September 2020), available online at: https://leanin.org/tilted-podcast-season-2/gender-beyond-the-binary#!.