Create more gender-neutral bathrooms on campus for transgender students
  • Petitioned Northwestern University

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Northwestern University

Create more gender-neutral bathrooms on campus for transgender students

    1. Morgan Nicole
    2. Petition by

      Morgan Nicole

      Evanston, IL

From the Northwestern University Diversity page:

“Northwestern University does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its community against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, citizenship or veteran status in matters of admissions, employment, housing or services or in the educational programs or activities it operates.”

However, this vow has fallen flat in many cases. Diversity and the lack of diversity initiatives at Northwestern are major concerns that have induced the recent campus-wide debates.

The interests of transgender individuals are often unheard, but theirs are no less important. An area which may seem trivial to cisgender individuals is the lack of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus. The lack is apparent in North Campus buildings such as Tech, Ford, and SPAC, in important South Campus buildings such as Kresge, as well as in many individual dorms. Depending on an individual's location on campus, they may be a significant distance from the nearest usable bathroom.

The total absence of gender neutral bathrooms in many major buildings on Northwestern's main campus is a major issue for transgender individuals, who may be uncomfortable with using cisgender bathrooms. These concerns must be acknowledged.

We, the undersigned individuals, urge the Northwestern administration to increase the access of the student body to gender-neutral bathrooms.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Lucy Cane CHICAGO, IL
      • 11 months ago

      I value equity in access to basic facilities, and the comfort of transgender and gender non-conforming students.

    • Kathleen Sarna GRAIN VALLEY, MO
      • about 1 year ago

      Transgenderism is not a choice. He was born with a male brain do to his endocrinology. His genitalia formed incorrectly. He has had enough strife in his life. How would you feel if you woke up with your outsides not matching your insides. This is not a gay issue. Please be an example of compassion and understanding.

      Thank you!

      • almost 2 years ago

      I am a gender-variant student at Northwestern; very often I am left with the choice of using the Women's room and risking harassment vs. using the Men's room and risking violence.

    • Jane Miller EVANSTON, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because everyone should be able to feel safe and comfortable when they use the bathroom.

    • Sean Marks EVANSTON, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      One of my good friends at Northwestern is trans. Gender-neutral bathrooms not only accommodate him and his comfort level at Northwestern... They also obviate the need to track down a bathroom of the "right" gender in the depths of Tech. Know what I mean?


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