All Genders Restroom Initiative
In an ongoing commitment to develop an inclusive environment for people of all genders, Washington and Lee University has begun to designate certain restrooms on campus as all-gender restrooms. An all-gender restroom, also known as a gender-inclusive restroom, can benefit many different people, including parents with children of different genders, people with disabilities, especially those who may require the accompaniment of an attendant of a different gender, in addition to trans/non-binary/gender expansive people. For many transgender people and people who do not conform to societal gender norms, using a public restroom can be a daily struggle. Trans/non-binary/gender expansive people are often harrassed, physically assaulted, or questioned by authorities and occupants in both men's and women's restrooms if they are assumed to be in the wrong restroom. All-gender restrooms provide access to safe restrooms and changing areas for people of any gender identity and presentation.
In launching this initiative, the University has been guided by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force‘s statements about potential impacts when bathrooms are labeled for women or men only:
- Trans & Gender Non-Conforming people often face discrimination, harassment, arrest or violence in bathrooms!
- Everyone should get to do their makeup, change clothes, change their babies and use the bathroom in peace.
- Everyone who needs help should be able to use the facilities with their family members, friends, or attendants.
Here is a map of our All Genders Restroom Initiative.
- Admissions Office (2)
- Center for Global Learning (2)*
- Elrod Commons (6)*
- Gaines Hall
- Health Center (5)
- Hillel (3)
- Morris House (2)*
Law School Campus:
- Black Lung Center (2)
- Dean's Suite (1)
- Outside Faculty Lounge (2)
- Powell Archives (1)
- Powell Suite (1)
- Registrar's Office (1)