All-Gender Restrooms

Everett Community College is excited to announce that on September 18, 2017 additional all-gender restrooms opened in the Parks Student Union! The restrooms on the second floor of Parks next to the Campus Safety & Security office and Pride Center have been remodeled from single gender to all-gender restrooms. Stop by and check them out! 

Where are all-gender restrooms located on campus? 

  • Student Fitness Center, first floor (near the weight room)
  • Gray Wolf Hall, first floor
  • Parks Student Union, second floor near the Safety & Security office
  • Parks Student Union, second floor near the Bookstore
  • Olympus Hall, second floor 
  • Whitehorse Hall, second floor and third floor

Why do we need all-gender restrooms? 

Trans and gender nonconforming students deserve to have a place to use the facilities where they feel safe. Many trans and gender nonconforming people report feeling unsafe in restrooms, sometimes to the point where they will not use the restroom at all in public. This leads to health problems such as urinary tract infections, overactive bladder, painful bladder syndrome, or kidney dysfunctions.

Gendered restrooms reinforce the gender binary as well as harmful stereotypes about differences between genders.

There are also benefits for people who do not necessarily identify as trans or gender nonconforming. For example, someone who has a child whose gender differs from their own can now bring their child into the same restroom, rather than sending the child in alone. The same idea applies to individuals who have caregivers of a different gender; this way caretakers could accompany them and assist them in the restroom.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is an all-gender restroom? 
    These restrooms can go by many names and can have different equipment inside, but they all have one thing in common - they create an inclusive space where everyone can feel safe and comfortable regardless of their gender identity.  
  • Why should I care about all-gender restrooms? 
    It is a privilege that gender conforming people are able to feel comfortable and safe while using a restroom, however, this is not a reality for people who identify as transgender or gender nonconforming.  In order to achieve equity among all gender identities, we must acknowledge the struggles of individuals who identify as transgender or gender nonconforming and work together to instate restroom options in which everyone can feel comfortable and safe.  
  • How do all-gender restrooms affect me? 
    The don't! The all-gender restrooms at EvCC contain floor to ceiling stalls to ensure privacy. The only chances of interacting with someone would be at the sinks while washing your hands as with any other restroom.  
  • Do all-gender restrooms increase occurrences of violence?
    It would neither increase nor decrease the chance of violent acts occurring. Any sort of violence or discrimination remains prohibited. Similarly, the all-gender restroom sign will neither encourage nor discourage any sort of predators, just like any other restroom.  To learn more, explore the National Center for Transgender Equality's website.  
  • Are there still gendered restrooms on campus? 
    Yes. There are now equable options for everyone. In addition to the all-gender restrooms that are located in the Parks Student Union, next to the Security Office and Pride Center, there are gendered restroom options located in every building on campus, including the Parks Student Union.  
  • What if all-gender restrooms make me uncomfortable? 
    New things are often uncomfortable and we encourage you to give yourself a bit of time to adjust. If you still feel unable to use the all-gender restrooms there are always other multi- or single-stall restroom options available to you throughout campus, including in the Parks Student Union.  
  • Why are single-stall restrooms not enough? 
    Single-stall restrooms reaffirm the idea anyone that differs from the gender norm require special provisions, which can be very isolating. Single-stall restrooms can only be used by one person at a time, which can result in unnecessary waiting lines.  

Terminology

  • Caregiver: Either a family member or a paid assistant who looks after children, the elderly, or adults with disabilities
  • Equality: Providing the same resources to everyone, regardless of their usefulness to an individual.  
  • Equity: Providing the resources necessary to an individual's needs.  
  • Gender: Refers to the attitudes, feelings, and behaviors that a given culture associates with a person's biological sex.  
  • Gender Conforming: Refers to someone who abides by the stereotypes and expectations that a culture assigns their biological sex.  
  • Gender Identity: Refers to ones self identification along the gender spectrum.  
  • Gender Nonconforming: Refers to someone who does not adhere to the stereotypes and expectations that a culture assigns their biological sex.  
  • Trans: An umbrella term covering a range of identities that transgress socially defined gender norms.  

Looking for more information?  Contact StudentLIFE@everettcc.edu