Northwestern University creates gender neutral bathrooms

By Tanni Deb


Northwestern University has rolled out several gender-neutral bathrooms for transgender and other students who may feel uncomfortable using gender-specific restrooms. The institution adopted the policy after several lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender student organizations on campus requested them.

A survey of transgender and gender-nonconforming people in Washington D.C. found that 70 percent had experienced issues ranging from denial of access, verbal harassment and physical assault in gender-specific restrooms.

“I would basically wait until I got back to my dorm to use the restroom,” said Redmond Lhota, a Northwestern senior who transitioned from a woman to a man during his freshmen year.

He predicted that the new restrooms will provide a comfortable space for transgender students.