Libraries and Gender Neutral / Inclusive Bathrooms: Case Studies on Promoting Information, Inclusivity and Access in Open Spaces

PUN, Raymond and FLASH, Kenya S. and NANGLE, Dennis and HERNANDEZ PEREZ, Jonathan (2017) Libraries and Gender Neutral / Inclusive Bathrooms: Case Studies on Promoting Information, Inclusivity and Access in Open Spaces. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2017 – Wrocław, Poland – Libraries. Solidarity. Society. in Session 113 - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Users.

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Abstract

Libraries and Gender Neutral / Inclusive Bathrooms: Case Studies on Promoting Information, Inclusivity and Access in Open Spaces

Gender-neutral bathrooms, gender inclusive bathrooms, unisex bathrooms and other similar public restrooms have caused controversy in certain regions of the United States. This paper will explore selected cases of library promotion of gender neutral/inclusive and unisex bathrooms, and the learning opportunities and challenges presented in these contested spaces in the United States, and will also explore an international example. The paper utilizes several case studies to illustrate how libraries support welcoming, open spaces that encourage inclusivity, access and diversity in their communities. It will address questions such as: what kind of lessons can we learn from these cases in promoting gender neutral/inclusive bathrooms and how might other libraries consider these developments in their own institutions and in the profession at large.

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