Earlier this semester, UMSU Queer Political Action Collective launched a mammoth report called “Stalls for All: Reviewing and Reconsidering Gendered Bathrooms at the University of Melbourne”. The 50-page report brought forward heaps of testimonies, interviews and data from trans, intersex and gender diverse people about their experiences with gendered bathrooms. (https://drive.google.com/file/d/13W86T9_MrIBlREv2qR6hBM8otE–pWEd/view?fbclid=IwAR0gU-pJeyot30c75DLjkIvxU3dx4DSkBqetjYiRExRUI1cT4aZ8lWv0hHU)
The report, in short, found gendered bathrooms to be incredibly unsafe places for trans, intersex and gender diverse students. They can force them to out themselves, trigger dysphoria, and are routinely places of harrassment, bullying, and even violence, and are described as one of the worst places for trans people to be.
But it also found that all-gender bathrooms are so important to trans, intersex and gender diverse students, and that they can be easily implemented, and create a safer, more inclusive environment for students.
So why don’t we have them?
Union House has no all-gender bathroom lobbies, and a mere 0.8% of bathrooms on Parkville campus are multi-stall all-gender bathrooms.
So we’re taking action!
We’re TAKING OVER and MAKING OVER the bathrooms on Level 1 of Union House. We’re making them all-gender for the day, and redesigning them, making them look fabulous, fun and welcoming – we want to show you how cool bathrooms can be when they include *all* students.
– FREE bliss balls and turkish delight
– FREE coke energies and vitamin waters
– Selfie mirrors with trans and intersex pride aesthetics
– BEAUTIFUL embellished bathrooms with stunning decorations
– A DJ set from DJ FIZZI
– Our petition to sign (bit.ly/stallsforall)
– Good vibes
– AND MORE
Come along LAST WEDNESDAY OF SEM to show your support for all-gender bathrooms, and call on The University of Melbourne to implement more all-gender bathrooms NOW! Because everyone should be able to use the bathroom, and be who they are.
It’s time for Stalls for All!
Bathrooms for all, not just the cis!
The UMSU Queer Department acknowledges that this event is taking place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present, and future and acknowledge that this land was stolen and sovereignty was never ceded.