All-Gender Restrooms

If there’s one thing that everyone attending, working at, or visiting Coker has in common, it’s that we all need a bathroom from time to time.

Public restrooms have never been the gold standard for serving this need—but they are necessary, and in some circumstances they are nearly impossible to avoid. When the only available bathroom areas are designated specifically for male or female users, this most basic of human experiences can become a challenging, humiliating, and even unsafe obstacle for certain members of our campus community.

For example, it can be confusing for people who identify as trans* or non-binary to know which of the two bathroom options would be best for them. Even worse, using a gendered restroom may even be a risk to their safety. In fact, research shows that more than one in 10 transgender people report that they have been “harassed, attacked, or sexually assaulted in a bathroom in the last year” (2015 U.S. Transgender Survey)

Caregivers or helpers for people with disabilities may also need to assist someone of a different gender, and will need to enter the restroom with them to do so. Parents may need to accompany their young child to the restroom—and sometimes a trusted same-gender adult is not available to help.

For all of these reasons, providing access to all-gender restrooms across campus is important. It is clearly stated in Coker’s mission that “we affirm as the highest ethical principle the indestructible dignity of every human being. Furthermore, we believe that it is only by entering into community that a person can reach full human potential.” By designating certain campus restrooms for all genders, we are upholding these values of our community and ensuring that Coker continues to serve as an equitable, inclusive place for everyone.

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