Motion Statement In Support of Gender Neutral Toilets (PDF)

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Motion Statement In Support Of Gender Neutral Toilets
This motion aims to extend and build on the Students’ Union’s existing policy on Gender Neutral
Toilets, which works towards providing students, staff and visitors to the university with access to allgender toilets, alongside the existing gendered facilities. The purpose of this is to make sure there are
appropriate facilities available for everyone, reduce congestion during busier times, and ensure that
everyone feels safe and comfortable within the university environment. This motion also takes the
place of the Students’ Union’s existing policy on Gender Neutral Toilets, which is set to expire in mid2017 (at which point it would cease to be enforced the Students’ Union).
What Would This Entail?
Our motion proposes that, in cases where there are multiple gendered facilities in close proximity to
each other, some of these could be reallocated as all-gender facilities. We understand the importance
of gender segregated safe spaces, especially for women, and therefore these reallocations would only
take place in instances where they would still allow for at least one set of men’s and women’s
facilities per floor. This motion also upholds the current policy, which states that all new buildings
must include gender neutral facilities.
Why Is This Important?
While gendered facilities are satisfactory the majority of the time, they are not universally
appropriate. Adding gender neutral toilets would provide a more comfortable space for parents with
children of a different gender, and increase the number of cubicles available to male students,
effectively reducing waiting times when toilets are crowded – all for little to no cost.
As well as this, gender neutral toilets provide a much safer space for students who do not identify
with the gender they were assigned at birth. Access to gender neutral facilities would greatly and
effectively reduce the fear of harassment and violence that transgender students often face in
gendered facilities, and provide a more appropriate option for students who don’t necessarily identify
as male or female.
This would also benefit students with disabilities, as transgender and nonbinary students are often
advised to use disabled facilities to avoid harassment in the absence of an appropriate gender neutral
option. This can cause issues due to increased traffic to a small number of specialised facilities, and
can result in accessible facilities not always being available when required.
This motion is endorsed by the following organisations and individuals:

University of Nottingham
Students’ Union:

Radio Nottingham; University of
Nottingham Feminists; Pro Bono
Hareem Ghani, NUS Women’s
Society; Student Action for
Officer; Tobias Wolf, NUS
Lux Huntington, LGBT+ Officer;
Refugees; STEM Outreach
Trans/Nonbinary Representative; Moonisah Iqbal & Aqeelah
Nottingham; AEGIS Nottingham;
QTIPOC Nottingham; Outburst
Malek, Black and Minority Ethnic
Heart Soc; Labour Students;
Nottingham; Trans Working
Officers; Emory Cunnington,
Musicality; PhysSoc; Nursing
Party Nottingham; Nottingham Environmental and Social Justice
Students; Hide and Soc; Punksoc;
Young Quakers; Loughborough
Officer; Helen Raynor & Agata
Role-Playing and Wargames
University LGBT+ Staff Group;
Cienciala, Disabled Students
Society; Quidditch & Harry Potter
NTU Pride; NTU Students’ Union Officers; Out in Education; Living
Society; Latin, Ballroom and
Officer Team
Wage Campaign; University
Salsa Society

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