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"Family" Restrooms Become "All-Gender" At ISU

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:58:53 CDT
By: Jim Browne

Visitors to Illinois State University may not even notice a subtle change that's taking place. Restrooms designated as "Family" will now be referred to as "All Gender." Shane McCreery is head of the University's Office of Equal Opportunity, Ethics, and Access. He says the only thing that will change is the sign outside the single stall restrooms, which will read "All Gender," instead of "Family," and the symbol will be different.

"A silhouette of a half man, half of a woman, and it will say all gender, you know, all genders may use this restroom, with the requisite Braille on the bottom."

McCreery says he's taking a count of the restrooms that will be affected. He says the admittedly superficial sign change is just another aspect of ISU's effort to be an inclusive university. Similar changes were implemented at Illinois Wesleyan University about a year ago.

(sign courtesy ADA)

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