Humber College recently installed several gender-neutral washrooms this year at the North campus.
Humber has built inclusive, washrooms on each floor of the new Learning Resource Commons (LRC) building, each intended for a single user.
The objective is to make transgender and gender-fluid students feel more comfortable in their school, following last spring’s initiative to become the first college in Ontario with an anti-discrimination policy directed to that population.
“I think that it’s cool that Humber has washrooms for transgenders, they deserve to have a washroom like anybody else. It’s great to be in an institute where everyone is treated as one [equal],” said first- year media communications student Shemar King.
It is important that all students feel welcomed at Humber, said Linda Hill, coordinator in the School of Social Work. She also stated that Humber has made a conscious decision to develop a new building that represents a positive outlook to all students.
“The movement (to recognize transgenderism) is a very neat,” said Humber Students’ Federation vice-president, Mikki Decker. “It is very easy to go through school when you are not faced with such barriers but for someone who is trans, non-binary, gender fluid…the list continues…going through college or university is a different journey.”
Students in those categories can feel better about their surrounding environment.
“I also think this campaign is brilliant. This puts ownership on everyone else and takes the attention away from the individual being centered out,” said Decker.
“If it is something that makes the transgender community feel more comfortable, then I’m okay with it.” said second year film and television student Raysean Blair.
Humber has an LGBTQ club at North campus for anyone who is interested.
There are also gender-neutral washrooms located in University of Guelph-Humber, and Lakeshore campus.
You can visit the Gender and Sexual Diversty Committee page on Humber.ca or check out their Twitter page @HumberLGBTQ for more information about the Humber LGBTQ club.