Universities for all genders

It may the last big human-rights issue of our age – welcoming people who identify with the sex opposite to the one they were born with.

When student Bridget Liang of Hamilton, Ontario, went shopping for a university, she chose York University, partly because of its many gender-neutral, single-stall washrooms spread around campus. Ms. Liang is a transgendered woman. For her, large public restrooms can be terrifying places, where bullies feel free to deliver dirty looks, hurtful comments, even a punch. “The bathroom is always an issue,” says Ms. Liang.

Aaron Devor, an internationally recognized expert on transgender issues, agrees. “It’s not safe to go to regular washrooms,” says Dr. Devor, who is founder and academic director of the Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria, a sociology professor and a transgendered man.


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