Ohio Public University Allows Men to Use Women’s Restrooms
A so-called “restroom policy” at an Ohio public university allows its members to use restrooms of the opposite sex without any special permission. As the authorities declined to comment on the specific nature of the rule, it’s still unclear whether that “valuable right” would depend only on the person’s “self-identification” or whether there would be other factors such as “feeling like wearing lipstick and spying on the girls in the showers”.
Wright State University’s “All Gender and Universal Access Restrooms and Locker Rooms” policy states that the school “allows individuals to use the restroom that corresponds to their sex, gender identity, and/or gender expression.”
The University is now “working to convert a set of gendered restrooms in every major building on campus to become all-gender multi-stall restrooms.”
According to the Office of LGBTQA Affairs,
We strive to create and sustain a campus environment that supports and values all members of our community, including visitors. One aspect of creating an inclusive environment is providing safe, accessible, and convenient restroom facilities. Many people may experience difficulty, inconvenience, and a lack of safety when required to use gender-specific restrooms. Parents with children of a different gender struggle to accompany them into a gender-specific restroom and the same holds true for others with attendants or caregivers of a different gender. Transgender individuals may be subject to harassment or violence when using men’s or women’s restrooms.
In keeping with the Wright State University’s policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression and following Title IX law and guidance, Wright State University allows individuals to use the restroom that corresponds to their sex, gender identity, and/or gender expression. We allow people to use the restroom facility they deem they need to use.
According to a GLAAD glossary linked by Wright State’s Office of LGBTQA Affairs, the term “gender expression” refers to “[how] a person outwardly expresses their gender.” Under this definition, a man who dresses himself to look like a woman would be allowed to use the women’s restrooms on Wright State’s campus.
It is still unclear if the policy would allow men to use the women’s restrooms even if they didn’t dress as women.
Even though the first conversion was completed in January 2016, the university did not respond to queries from The College Fix seeking to learn more about the policy, including whether its language means that non-transgender individuals could use whatever bathroom they needed to regardless of their reason for doing so at that moment.
“The conversion is cost-effective, only requiring us to change the signage outside of restrooms. All-gender and gender-specific restrooms are clearly labeled in all buildings,” the office claims, pointing out that “you don’t have to use an all-gender restroom if you do not want to.”
The group Allies at Wright State issued a letter in February 2018 in support of the bathroom initiative, though they recognized that the university was experiencing financial hardships.
“We know that our campus is emerging from difficult economic times, but we hope that by enhancing the climate of inclusion on campus, more students might consider Wright State as the right place for them to further their education. Additionally, this will make our campus more appealing to future workers,” the group wrote.
The activists advocated the transformation of “at least one restroom in each campus building into one that anyone might use.”
To date, more than 260 Colleges and Universities in the U.S. have gender-inclusive housing in which students can have a roommate of any gender.