University of Houston-Downtown Will Soon Have Gender-Neutral Restrooms

During my visit to UHD, I was able to see the restroom progress. There was one toilet, and flooring was already in place. I thought it was huge and that there would be enough room for someone who is wheelchair-bound to maneuver freely. The countertops and tile will be installed next week and there will also be a baby-changing station. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to see the signage because the school is still trying to figure that out.

The facilities will also be open to parents and their children of the opposite sex, people with disabilities, or those who need attendants. Each restroom will have a sign and a safe-zone sticker indicating it is open to the public regardless of sexual orientation or gender. When there's a colorful "SAFE ZONE" sticker of red, green, yellow and blue, anyone who identifies as LGBTQ will know it's safe for that person to use that restroom, too.

All future buildings at UHD will have gender-neutral restrooms built into them from the beginning, according to Hudson. He believes this can increase enrollment by LGBTQ students, especially transgendered students. He says they pay attention to the type of facilities on campus when deciding whether they will feel welcomed and if their needs are being considered.

"Gender-neutral restrooms are important to everybody and should not be seen as a small, segmented thing for a small segment of the population; there's so many people that it would benefit," Weaver said.


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6 comments
Gwen Hurt
Gwen Hurt

A flush is a flush. Doors have locks. Too much is being made out of this

Steven Perry
Steven Perry

I think the comments surrounding gender-neutral bathrooms on local news outlets' sites are more interesting than the issue itself. You'd think it was the goddamned apocalypse...

CT Tracy
CT Tracy

The very strange vagrants who frequent the UHD bathrooms need to be acknowledged. The crime that does occur on campus is partly because of the many nonstudent visitors who frequent the facilities. I have seen bums rolling blunts in our bathrooms. That issue is much more important than sharing restrooms.

Trillian Ninetysix
Trillian Ninetysix

There are gender neutral bathrooms in Europe. It's not a big deal. I reflected upon my remark and felt it might be misinterpreted. It wasn't my intention to be insensitive. I only meant that there is no need for outrage or shock. I'm sure it is a very important development for anyone who must regularly navigate a binary gender system that does not accommodate their needs.

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