UCD Designates 170+ Toilets As Gender Neutral

UCD are to reclassify more than 170 toilets across its campus as 'gender neutral'.

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There will also be transgender changing facilities will also be introduced on the Belfield campus in a bid to welcome trans and gender-fluid students and employees, reports the Irish Times.

Students will also be permitted to change their names on official documents without needing to provide gender recognition certificates.

UCD’s LGBTQ+ Society have petitioned the college to install gender neutral toilets since 2014, citing safety and well-being of trans students and staff.

Minister for Child and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone will launch the university’s Gender Identity and Expression Policy on February 22. “Our universities are drivers of change, promoters of equality and champions of justice,” Minister Zappone told the Irish Times.

“UCD is continuing that proud tradition by providing a welcoming campus for trans and gender-fluid students and employees.”

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The Gender Identity and Expression Policy “is designed to assist everyone in understanding what gender diversity is all about; how we can work together to support every member of our UCD community; how we can learn from each other to ensure that our whole university is a respectful, empathetic, positive and energetic place to study, live, work and visit,” reads the document, which is available on UCD’s website.

The guide contains directions on the usage appropriate gender pronouns, information on how students go about changing their name on college documents, information on how to support those who ‘come out’ as non-binary or trans as well as a range of other resources.

UCD is the latest university to move towards creating a more inclusive environment for non-binary students; Trinity College Dublin unveiled gender neutral bathrooms in 2016 as did IT Tallaght, and in June, 2017, DCU redesignated 54 bathrooms across its three campuses as gender neutral.

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