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Multiculturalism, Inclusion & Leadership
204 ADUC
Morehead, KY 40351
Phone: 606-783-2071
Email: inclusion@moreheadstate.edu 

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Multiculturalism & Inclusion

Multiculturalism & Inclusion promotes inclusion and cultural awareness across the MSU campus, local communities and regional public schools. We aim to promote educational, vocational, cultural and social growth for minority and international student development and assist with the retention efforts of these student populations. This is done by hosting a variety of events and workshops throughout the academic year. We collaborate with campus and community entities to create co-curricular opportunities for involvement, leadership and personal development rooted in multiculturalism and inclusion.

Gender Neutral Bathroom Reporting

What is a gender neutral bathroom?

A gender neutral bathroom is a bathroom that anyone of any gender can use. In contrast, gender segregated bathrooms are those that mark "women" or "men" on the door. Gender neutral bathrooms can be single or multi-stall.  Single stall gender neutral bathrooms (often marked as a "family restroom" or with a pants/skirt/handicap sign) are ones that you enter, close the door behind you, and have the facility to yourself.  Multi-stall gender neutral restrooms are larger rooms with multiple stalls and multiple sinks where any one of any gender can enter. Gender neutral bathrooms can benefit several different groups of people including parents with differently gendered children, people who necessitate an attendant in the restroom who may be of a different gender, and trans* and gender nonconforming people.  

Why are gender neutral bathrooms important when creating a safe space for gender minorities?

Gender neutral bathrooms are a way to create a safer campus environment for trans* and gender nonconforming students, staff, faculty and community members at MSU. They are also a way for MSU to show trans* and gender nonconforming people that our community values their presence and cares about their health and safety.

For trans* and gender nonconforming individuals, gender segregated bathrooms can be spaces where they are met with intimidation, harassment, run-ins with security, and/or violence. These occurrences happen when people using the restroom police the gender of others based on binary assumptions and expectations of who men and women are and what they look like. This policing can effect trans* individuals, but also cisgender individuals (those who are not trans*) who present or express their gender in ways that are not culturally normative. This phenomenon is commonly referred to in gender minority communities as "The Bathroom Problem," and is an experience that most trans* and gender nonconforming people have encountered, often repeatedly, in their lives.

Gender segregated bathrooms threaten the safety of many trans* and gender nonconforming individuals. In addition to being a safety concern, this bathroom configuration can lead to health concerns. When one does not have a bathroom option that they feel comfortable and/or safe accessing, they may choose to not use the bathroom. Depending on how a person goes about avoiding the bathroom, whether it be by not eating or drinking all day or by holding it, doing so can cause serious health problems.

Gender neutral restrooms are safer for trans* and gender nonconforming people and not any less safe for others. When a bathroom is gender neutral, a person who does not identify within the binary as a man or woman does not have to choose a bathroom that does not align with their gender identity. When a bathroom is gender neutral, trans* and gender nonconforming people do not stand out in ways that can make them vulnerable to intimidation, harassment or attack. When a bathroom is gender neutral, "who counts" and "who is allowed" is expanded to include everyone, which lessens the likelihood of exclusionary gender policing in the bathroom. Finally, when a trans* or gender nonconforming person sees a gender neutral bathroom when they access a MSU campus, especially if MSU is explicit about the ways in which they serve gender minority populations, the bathroom will act as a sign of MSU's commitment to serving and supporting a diverse student body and MSU community.

How can you help?

Help us identify the gender neutral bathrooms on campus by completing this quick report here.

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