Unitarian Universalism is a religion that strives to be fully welcoming and inclusive of all—people of all identities, life situations, and life stages. Having building space with bathroom facilities that are ADA-accessible and open to people of any gender, or “gender neutral,” is a big step that congregations can take toward full welcome and inclusion.
Thinking of turning one or more bathrooms gender neutral? Be sure to create well-facilitated opportunities for staff, members, friends, and children to learn about why gender neutral bathrooms are important to your congregation and dialogue about any concerns they may have.
Make use of our Transgender Identity, Welcome, and Resources page and the resources listed above. Consider a screening of the video Toilet Training. If there are openly transgender members in your congregation, be sure to privately consult with them and/or invite them into the process of creating gender neutral bathrooms if they are interested.
At its annual General Assembly in June 2013, the Unitarian Universalist Association turned multi-stall gender-specific bathrooms in the plenary hall and elsewhere in the Louisville convention center into gender neutral bathrooms. The bathrooms were prominently labeled “gender neutral bathroom” and informational flyers were also posted inside all of the bathrooms.
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Last updated on Thursday, August 1, 2013.
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Gender Neutral Bathroom Sign from General Assembly 2013
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The UU Fellowship of Northern Westchester, NY, has three single-occupancy bathrooms that were all turned gender neutral.
The UU Congregation of Atlanta, GA, has two multi-stall gender-specific bathrooms and one previously private single-occupancy bathroom, which was turned public and gender neutral.
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