Col­lege cre­ates gen­der-neu­tral bath­rooms

‘It’s just the right thing to do’

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JES­SICA IAN­NETTA Ches. City bridge, basin project de­layed

jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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.

NORTH EAST

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

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