In Unitarian Universalism, all are welcome. We believe every person is born with dignity and humanity, and we practice that in one way by creating welcoming and inclusive spaces. Having building space with bathroom facilities that are ADA-accessible and open to people of any gender, or “gender neutral,” is an important way congregations can show their 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.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.
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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.
Gender Neutral Bathrooms (PDF)
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