Gender Inclusive Restrooms
Our current list can be found below. As more locations are identified, they will be added to the list.
|Alkek Library||Two located on third floor|
|Beretta Hall||Third Floor|
|Brogdon Hall||Second Floor|
|Commons||Front west foyer|
|Elliot Hall Administrative Building||Two Gender-inclusive restroom in building|
|Lampasas||Fourth floor (from the courtyard, enter Lampasas and turn right at the hallway immediately after you enter the building. The restroom is located a the end of the hall).|
|Laurel Hall||First Floor|
|LBJ Student Center||Located on the Third floor near Room 3-21.2.|
|LBJ Student Center||Located on the Third Floor near the elevators closest to the LBJ Ballrooms.|
|Student Health Center||First floor (located in the patient area)|
|Student Health Center||Second floor (take the elevator or stairs to the second floor and travel around the stairwell to the main hallway, the two gender-inclusive restrooms will be located mid way down the hall on your left)|
|Student Recreation Center||Locker room located on first floor near the Natatorium|
|Theater Building||First Floor|
|Undergraduate Admissions Building||First floor (located in the hallway next to the staircase on your left, not wheelchair accessible)|
|Undergraduate Admissions Building||Second floor (located on your right after you reach the top of the stairs, not wheelchair accessible)|
|Round Rock Campus||Locations:|
|Nursing Building||First Floor (next to the women's restroom)|
Frequently Asked Questions about Gender-Inclusive Restrooms
According to the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, “Trans and gender variant people face severe access problems when it comes to sex-segregated facilities like restrooms, locker rooms, shelters, in-patient drug treatment facilities, prisons and jails, etc.” Everyone deserves equal access to public facilities. No one should have to fear violence or harassment as a result of entering these facilities. This idea dates back to the civil rights movement when activists fought to end segregation of public facilities based on race. To get an idea of what gender-nonconforming people experience when they enter a restroom, try going into the opposite sex’s restroom or look for a gender-neutral restroom in a public space.
Being able to safely use a public restroom is not a privilege - it is a right. Gender inclusive restrooms are not only for transgender people. People who do not identify as transgender also may not appear stereotypically male or female and may experience harassment in sex-segregated facilities. Gender inclusive restrooms would also be helpful to fathers caring for their daughter or mothers caring for their sons. In addition, disabled people who have a caretaker of a different gender to assist them in restrooms may want gender-neutral facilities.
I do not know any transgender people at my school, workplace, etc. Why should we make gender inclusive restrooms for people who are not even here?
While you may think there are not any people in your area who identify as transgender, that does not mean it is true nor does it mean that you will not meet transgender people in the future. As mentioned previously, many other people may desire to have gender inclusive restrooms, regardless of their gender identity. Laws already require schools and other public spaces to offer wheelchair ramps and larger restroom stalls for disabled people, making places accessible for a population that may or may not be present. Why not offer gender inclusive restrooms, too?
Our culture often is a violent one. What about women who are survivors of sexual assualt by men and are afraid of sharing a restroom with them?
Dean Spade, a transgender lawyer, addressed this concern in a letter to his agency requesting that it institute gender-neutral restrooms. Spade wrote, “The gendered system does not provide a meaningful obstacle to people who wish to commit acts of violence in bathrooms… if a person wished to visit the “wrong” restroom in order to harass or assault persons in that room, the gendered sign on the door would not protect against that.” Spade went on to suggest that the best way to address concerns about violence is to make the gender-neutral restrooms single stall ones, with locks on the doors. For women who are still worried, it may be a good idea to maintain a place designated solely for them in addition to gender-neutral facilities.