The Gender Neutral-Restroom

The Gender Neutral-Restroom

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Renz Evaristo started this petition to Philippine Governtment

Much of the transgender community still feels constrained by a society that places strong emphasis on gender binary and discriminates against those who refuse to conform. As people living their lives as the opposite sex and more comfortable mixing and crossing gender roles, some day-to-day experiences that some of us might consider normal could be very discomforting. For example, using a restroom which is generally segregated by gender can be very confusing for the transgendered. Therefore, in order to prevent discriminatory acts against transgendered people, it would be proactive for our country to take up the responsibility of providing a third gender option in the design of public restrooms.

Due to the harassment, assault, or even arrests that occur as a result of transgendered persons using restrooms that do not correspond to their gender identity or their birth sex, many in the LGBQTI community are calling for the provision of a third gender option restroom in the public space. Schools and the work place where discrimination is most visible, transgendered / non-conforming persons suffer the most and employers / school authorities would rather turn a blind eye than to address the issue.

So, while gender-neutral bathrooms are not a requirement, adding a third option takes nothing away from those who prefer to use the men’s or women’s restroom, but can make a world of difference for those who want to avoid questions about their choice of gendered bathroom. Using the restroom is not a privilege, it’s a right.

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