Gender-neutral bathrooms on campus are a growing trend. Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Northwestern University recently made headlines after announcing that it would be installing two gender-neutral bathrooms in the university's student center.
“These are two gender-open bathrooms where students of any gender can go in, and use the restroom, and feel safe, regardless of gender expression or gender identity,” the president of the campus LGBT group Michelle Margulis told CBS Chicago. The new bathrooms are expected to be completed before students arrive on campus for the fall semester.
Some students are hoping other colleges will follow Northwestern's lead. Student activists at California State University-Chico helped pass a student government resolution last year that recommended that one single-stall bathroom in each campus building be declared gender-neutral. Oberlin College has applied a similar policy to its residential halls, designating one restroom in each dorm to be gender-neutral.