College creates gender-neutral bathrooms
‘It’s just the right thing to do’
— Cecil College has designated six bathrooms on campus as gender-neutral bathrooms, becoming only the second community college in Maryland to do so.
The six bathrooms — five on the North East campus and one at Elkton Station — are all single-use and may be used by people of any gender or gender identity.
The college didn’t create any new bathrooms, but merely converted existing single-use bathrooms on campus to be gender neutral, said Colleen Cashill, the college’s executive director of human resources.
Though the timing of the college’s announcement wasn’t intentional — the signs for the bathrooms were ordered back in December — Cashill acknowledged that the announcement comes at a time when gender-neutral bathrooms are a topic of national conversation.
“This is such a big
is- sue and we want get in the forefront of that. We want to get ahead of it and say that we’re doing what’s best for the employees and the students in creating a safe environment for them,” she said. “It’s just the right thing to do.”
North Carolina drew protests last month after it passed a law mandating that transgender individuals use public bathrooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificate. Conversely, Target