Extending the Provision of Gender Neutral Spaces

Passed by Student Council on the 2nd of April 2015

 

What will we do?

 

1.    Create at least one designated Gender Neutral toilet in each EUSA venue where toilet facilities are provided. These facilities shall be clearly signposted, shall be open and easily accessible to all students and staff, and shall be separate from the accessible toilet facilities already provided.

 

2.    Create at least one designated Gender Neutral changing space in each EUSA building in which changing facilities are provided. These facilities shall be clearly signposted, shall be open and easily accessible to all students and staff, and shall be separate from the accessible changing facilities already provided.

 

3.    Lobby the university to provide at least one gender neutral toilet facility in each university building where toilet facilities are provided, and that these shall be clearly signposted, shall be open and accessible to all users, and shall be separate from accessible toilet facilities already provided.

 

4.    Lobby the university to provide at least one gender neutral changing facility in each university building in which changing facilities are provided, and that these shall be clearly signposted, shall be open and accessible to all users, and shall be separate from accessible changing facilities already provided.

 

 

What is the background to this?

 

1.    That there are students within and outside of the LGBT+ community who prefer to use gender neutral toilets and changing rooms or for whom gendered toilets are inappropriate because they do not identify with either male or female.

 

2.    That in the majority of EUSA and University buildings there are few to no gender neutral facilities for students to use.

 

3.    That EUSA is bringing a motion to NUS Scotland LGBT conference 2015 calling for the provision of gender neutral toilets in all Universities.

 

4.    The Edinburgh University Trans Equality Policy states: “Ideally there should be access to gender neutral toilet facilities wherever this can be reasonably accommodated....Requiring the person to use disabled toilet facilities is not acceptable unless the individual is disabled.”[1]

 

What beliefs motivate the actions you propose?

 

1.    That inadequate provision of gender neutral toilets for trans and other students who are uncomfortable or who feel unsafe using gendered facilities limits their ability to participate in their education, sport and other aspects of university life.

 

2.    That “accessible” facilities do not constitute adequate provision for those students unless they are available for all genders and abilities to use, and that re-purposing these toilets as gender neutral toilets for all students would limit the use of accessible facilities for those who need them, unless all available toilets are accessible.

 

3.    That students who require gender neutral facilities should not be expected to go further than those who do not or to declare themselves to have access to adequate gender neutral facilities.

 

4.    That by not providing these facilities, EUSA and the University are failing to meet the needs of trans and other students who need them.

 

5.    That no student, regardless of sex, gender or gender expression should be required to use gender neutral facilities in place of available gendered facilities should they not wish to, and that no student of any sex, gender or gender expression should be prevented from using gender neutral toilets or changing rooms.

 

Submitted with 20 student signatures

 

[1] University of Edinburgh Trans Equality Policy, accessed 20/03/2015 from http://www.docs.csg.ed.ac.uk/EqualityDiversity/Trans_Equality_Policy.pdf"