Creating Bathroom Access & a Gender Inclusive Society

Key Findings

Key Findings 

+As more people start to identify as transgender and gender non-conforming, access to public facilities, free from harassment and discrimination, has become a pressing issue.

+When trying to access public facilities that correspond with their gender identity, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals regularly report exclusionary practices, intimidation, harassment, and in some cases overt violence. 

+Evidence suggests that daily anxieties over bathroom use remains a primary concern for transgender and non-conforming populations leading to increased rates of health issues such as urinary tract infections, as well as mental health concerns tied to sustained discrimination and harassment. 

+­ Bathroom access has played a key role in discrimination faced by many other minority groups, with sex segregation posing a particular challenge to enabling restroom inclusion for diverse gender identities.

+Research by scholars from the Haas Institute LGBTQ Citizenship research cluster highlights the ways gender inclusive bathrooms also benefit other populations including disabled and elderly people who may have attendants of another gender and parents caring for children.