AUT lets you choose your loos
An Auckland university has introduced all-gender toilets on campus to cater for its rainbow students.
AUT Rainbow Community manager Audrey Hutcheson said 165 toilets were reassigned as all gender to cater for gender diverse people. The term gender diverse refers to those who see themselves as different from ‘male’ or ‘female’. Hutcheson said toilets could be unsafe places to be for people who identify as a gender diverse. The right to use the bathroom and feel safe doing so was a basic human right, she said. Hutcheson said there were safety issues for rainbow students in using bathrooms, particularly for those people transitioning.
The ‘‘rainbow community’’ refers to people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, takatapui, fa’afafine, intersex or queer. ‘‘If you’re in transition and look too feminine to belong in a male bathroom, or too masculine to being using a female bathroom, being attacked verbally or physically is really common for these students,’’ she said.