Despite the Board of Governor’s decision to shut down attempts at gender neutral housing, students have continued to try to make smaller gains for the cause.
During winter break, the Campus Y made a statement of support of all gender expressions by designating four single stall bathrooms in their building as officially gender neutral.
These four bathrooms are not the only gender nonspecific bathrooms on campus — but they are the only ones designated as gender nonspecific, said co-president Natalie Borrego.
They chose a specific statement for the four bathrooms signs which states: “This restroom may be used by any person regardless of gender identity or expression.”
In a press release, Borrego and co-president Cora Went challenged other departments to institute similar policies.
“Such bathroom signs uphold a binary between male and female, which can be isolating and exclusionary to people who do not identify with one gender,” Went and Borrego said.
Associate Director of Housing and Residential Life Rick Bradley said there is a gender nonspecific bathroom in residence halls which were all male or female at some point.
“The intent was for visitors to an all male or female residence hall,” he said, and added that this explains why the gender non-specific bathrooms contain only a sink and commode.
The initiative towards making campus more gender inclusive began last year , but the ultimate goal of gender neutral housing was put on hold this summer when the UNC system Board of Governors voted to not allow it, said ______.