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Queens University reveals “all gender” toilets in support of trans students

By Niamh Burns

Thursday 4 May 2017 Student Journalists

Queens University in Belfast has recently introduced “all gender” toilets in four of its campus sites, following widespread support of LGBT+ rights across universities in the UK.

In line with the university’s Trans Equality Policy and its “commitment to making the university a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment for all genders”, the university has introduced neutral toilet facilities to accommodate their trans students.

A spokesperson for the university said:

"The new All Gender/Accessible Toilets and Shower are now available in four sites for anyone to use - male, female, and those either considering or transitioning gender.

"Most of the new All Gender Toilets will also be accessible for those with disabilities while new projecting signs will be placed in receptions, lobbies, communal areas and lifts."

Sinead, a second-year History student at Queens, believes the introduction of trans-friendly toilets at her university is a step in the right direction.

“It's a really positive step forward, it really reflects the diversity of society and champions the idea of universities being safe and inclusive for non-binary individuals.

“I'm proud to be part of an institution that recognises the importance of such inclusivity.”

Queens University is not the only university in Northern Ireland to promote positive transgender inclusion, Ulster University has also supported the LGBT+ student population and introduce gender-neutral facilities in three out of its four campuses across the province.

Speaking to Colum Mackey, current UUSU Student President, he revealed Ulster University’s similar services.

“There are at least two facilities on three of our campuses. The exception is the Belfast campus where they have not been installed yet but will follow soon.

“Ulster University Students' Union has many policies in support of our LGBTQ+ students including LGBT + Lobbying Policy, Part-time liberation officer’s policy and Gender Recognition Respect and Access policy.”

“It's important we support all our students at Ulster. UUSU has added its voice to others in civic society as we call for action on marriage equality and equality more generally for our LGBT+ students.

“As a union, we are here to make sure Ulster University is a welcoming place for everyone and we will stand up for students who are marginalised.”

 


 

Niamh Burns

Hi, I’m Niamh. I am a recent English Literature graduate from Ulster University, now studying an NCTJ Professional Journalism course at North West Regional College in Derry, Northern Ireland. I have always wanted to become a journalist and have spent the last few years interning at newspapers and magazines throughout Northern Ireland. I have a massive interest in currents affairs, politics and social justice. I’m really interested in student perspective, politics and activism, mainly in feminism and gender equality. I believe it is really important for young people and students to get involved in current affairs and politics, it is crucial for us to have a good platform in order to express ourselves.