La Trobe University, together with La Trobe Student Union and the Queer student network, is proud to announce new, inclusive safe spaces, which signify our support for gender diversity and inclusiveness for all La Trobe students and staff.
As a community, we want to support our students and staff who are transgender, non-binary or gender non-conforming and providing appropriate facilities is an important step.
To this end, we have recently established 84 gender-neutral or shared toilets across all campuses. It is important to note that gender specific toilets are still available, but this change simply provides more options for the whole of our community.
Why gender-neutral facilities are important
Many transgender, non-binary or gender non-conforming members of the community fear bullying or harassment when using toilet facilities, creating anxiety and fear around something many people take for granted. This fear and anxiety can have detrimental effects on health and wellbeing, academic performance or attendance at university over time. The provision of gender-neutral facilities assists in making students and staff feel safe, included and supported on our campuses.
Providing this change across all our campuses
At this time, we have designated gender-neutral or shared gender-neutral bathrooms on all campuses and signage has been completed.
If you would like to find out more about why gender-neutral toilets are important for transgender people, please come and listen to a discussion with Joy Radio during Pride Week on Tuesday 21st March.
I trust that as a community, we will continue to support gender equity and inclusiveness on campus. If you have any specific questions please contact Lil Kennedy, Senior Co-coordinator, Health & Wellbeing Initiatives on 03 9479 1616, or via email.
Professor John Dewar