January 18, 2019
The washrooms at ArtStarts are no longer separated into “men’s” and “women’s.” Yay!
We now have:
We care about transgender, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming children and young people! Their safety in our space is a priority. ArtStarts wants to increase our accessibility and join organizations like the City of Vancouver, the Parks Board, and the Vancouver Public Library who have also made their washrooms gender-neutral. Want more information? Ivan Coyote explains why we need gender-neutral bathrooms here.
Gender-neutral washrooms are important for everyone! Most importantly, they mean that transgender, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming people (especially trans women) can safely use the washroom without experiencing violence. They also mean that parents and kids of all genders can use the washroom without having to be separated.
Trying to figure out someone’s gender or sex by looking at them is called “gender-policing.” It’s inappropriate, hurtful, and offensive. If you hear people doing this at ArtStarts, please say “Other peoples’ gender is none of your business.” No gender-policing or misgendering at ArtStarts, please!
You can use the locking single-stall washroom if you would like to use a washroom by yourself.
No! Gendered washrooms are more likely to be unsafe spaces where transgender and gender non-conforming kids regularly experience violence and assault. Gender-neutral washrooms are only one step towards making the world a better place for transgender and nonbinary people.
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