Penn State To Increase Number Of Gender Neutral Restrooms On Campus

Penn State announced Thursday the university will begin to update restrooms and signs in the next month to increase the number of gender neutral restrooms on campus. The project will convert 57 single-person restrooms currently designated for men or women to gender neutral with “All Gender Restroom” signs.

“Penn State is committed to providing a safe and inclusionary environment for all students, employees and visitors, and will continue to strive to expand these efforts,” Facilities Resources and Planning Director Deborah Howard told Penn State News.

After studying the restrooms currently on campus and consulting with the university’s Facility Resources Committee, Penn State decided to overhaul the system to make restrooms more available for transgender or other individuals who are more comfortable using single-person restrooms.

“It is important for universities to provide ‘all gender’ restrooms because they provide a safe and accommodating place for gender-variant individuals to use,” LGBTQA Resource Center Director Allison Subasic told Penn State News. “There are many people who do not fit into the binary boxes of male and female, and are questioned by others when they use the restroom that corresponds to their identity. They may or may not be gender variant, but they should be safe on campus when they need to use a restroom.”

Penn State will also change the signs on more than 400 existing gender neutral restrooms throughout the next year so labeling stays consistent. You can see a map of all the gender neutral restroom locations on campus here.

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