New Gender Neutral Bathrooms in Clinic
Katrina Hanson & Chase Desso, AIMC Berkeley student interns.
The “All Gender Restroom” signs are here! All three downstairs restrooms (located in the clinic) are now designated gender neutral as part of our new identity-based bathroom policy:
Gender diversity is welcome here. All are welcome to use the restroom that best fits their identity.
What is a gender neutral bathroom? In contrast to bathrooms that mark “women” or “men” on the door, a gender neutral bathroom is a bathroom that anyone can use.
Who can benefit from gender neutral bathrooms? Parents with children of a different gender, people with an attendant of a different gender, trans* people, and individuals with non-normative gender presentations.
Why are gender neutral bathrooms important for trans* people? When a bathroom is gender neutral, trans* people can use it without risking harassment or violence from people who think they are in the “wrong” restroom. Access to gender neutral bathrooms also prevents UTIs and other health issues caused by “holding it” until a safer restroom is available.
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AIMC Berkeley is dedicated to creating a safe space for all LGB, queer, and trans* patients and community members. Our new gender neutral bathrooms are just the beginning of many changes that you can look forward to in the coming months and years.
Some other projects we are working on include: editing the clinic forms for gender inclusivity, educating our student interns and faculty supervisors about working with queer and trans patients, and of course our monthly HSDP educational workshops.
Katrina Hanson is a second-year student at AIMC Berkeley. She became involved in medicine through working as an in-home caregiver for adults with developmental disabilities while obtaining her BA in Public Health at The Evergreen State College. After graduation, she worked as a Spanish-language community health educator before beginning study at AIMC Berkeley. She brings her knowledge of queer health issues into her studies and plans to center her practice around queer and transgender healthcare. For more information, visit her blog at katrinarhinestone.wordpress.com/