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University of Akron School of Law

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

People Unfazed by All-Gender Restroom at DNC

People Were Unfazed by This All-Gender Restroom at the Democratic Convention

Hundreds of men and women shared a big, busy “all-gender restroom” at the Democratic National Convention on Monday — and were seemingly unfazed by the experience.


“It doesn’t make me nervous at all,” Lula Dualeh, a delegate for Bernie Sanders, told BuzzFeed News. “I just need to use the restroom. I don’t care who’s next to me.”


But restrooms have been a hot-button issue for many Republicans. State and federal politicians have politicized bathroom access, saying that allowing transgender women — whom they call “men” — to use the women’s restroom poses a safety threat.


At the Wells Fargo Center, which also had single-sex restrooms, a sign at the entrance of the all-gender restroom featured a figurine in a dress and another figurine without a dress.


Inside, everyone took turns using stalls; then women and men washed their hands side-by-side at a bank of sinks. Nobody who spoke to BuzzFeed News found the situation troubling.

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I don't believe this for one minute--unless there was a gender-specific bathroom nearly. A person close to me was at Columbia Law and railed at the multi-stall, all-gender toilets and showers.As far as I know, they are all gone now. Trolling the internet tell me how widespread opposition is.

Posted by: Dan Subotnik | Jul 27, 2016 3:57:19 PM

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