Feedback: JCC Adds 'Gender Neutral' Bathrooms

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There's something new on the campus of Jefferson Community College this fall.

Five bathrooms have been designated 'gender neutral', meaning they are open to men, women and people who identify themselves as transgender.

"Anybody can go into those bathrooms," said Betsy Penrose, the vice-president for students.

"They shut the door and they're used by themselves. And they're for anyone."

JCC made the change after two issues arose last year, including an inquiry from a transgender person about which bathroom to use.

The five bathrooms are located in the McVean Student Center near the athletic offices; the ground floor of Jules near the advising, career and transfer center; the back of Lansing; Guthrie nar the faculty mailroom; and Dulles near the traditional 'men' and women' restrooms.

Reaction from students Tuesday was mildly positive, if a little uncertain.

"I think it's really cool," said HarleyGilbo.  "I think its a great way to avoid conflict for people who are transgender or don't know where they are."

"It's different," allowed Darius Martin, another student. "I'm not used to seeing a lady in the same bathroom as me."

Just to be clear: the gender neutral bathrooms are single use and private.

And even if they aren't entirely sold on the idea, students said, they'd use the bathrooms in a pinch, if they couldn't get to a more traditional facility.

"Maybe if I locked it before I went in there, yeah," offered Samantha Slade.
 

 

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Monday, December 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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