Queering a World Class Education

Gender Neutral Bathrooms

Since opening in 2004, the Q Center consistently advocates for increasing UW’s number of gender-neutral, parent friendly, and physically accessible bathrooms on our Seattle campus. We worked intensively with a very receptive University of Washington administration in order to develop a comprehensive and sustainable plan to increase our numbers of accessible bathroom facilities.  In the spring of 2011, the Q Center and the Office of Student Life, secured capital financing through the Office of Planning and Budget to start a bathroom renovations project at the center of UW’s Seattle campus. This renovation project assures that there will be a gender-neutral, accessible bathroom in almost every building within centralized campus.

The buildings covered by this project:

Picture of University of Washington Quad in the Spring

The Quad:

  • Raitt Hall
  • Savery Hall
  • Gown Hall
  • Smith Hall
  • Miller Hall
  • Music Building
  • Art Building
  • Thompson Hall

Other Buildings:

  • Gerberding Hall
  • Atmospheric Sciences-Geophysics Building
  • Meany Hall
  • Suzzalo Library
  • Communications Building
  • Schmitz

  • Mercer Hall
    Most accessible restrooms are unisex, on 1st floor of both east and west buildings.
  • School of Social Work
    Most accessible restroom is the unisex restroom located on the 2nd floor.
  • Burke Museum
    An accessible unisex restroom is located on the main exhibit floor.
  • Hughes Penthouse Theatre
    Most accessible restroom is unisex, 20H (off lobby).
  • McCarty Hall
    Accessible unisex restroom is located in the lobby area on the 1st floor.
  • Balmer Hall
    There is a unisex restroom on the first floor.
  • Art Building
    An accessible unisex restroom is located on the 3rd floor.
  • Engineering Library
    One unisex bathroom on the 3rd floor.
  • Hall Health
    Unisex bathroom on the 2nd floor, room 215.
  • Physical Plant Office
    There is a unisex restroom on the ground floor.
  • Meany Hall 191
    Two unisex restrooms. One single occupancy. One public with two stalls. Both are located on east end of the dance studio hall by the water fountain.
  • Cunningham Hall
    Most accessible restrooms are unisex, rooms 102 and 201.
  • Oceanography Building
    A unisex restroom on the 3rd floor.
  • Plant Laboratory
    Most accessible restroom is unisex, on the 1st floor.
  • Wilson Annex
    Most accessible restroom is unisex, on the 1st floor.
  • Sports Medical Clinic
    Unisex for public. Two unisex bathrooms in therapy area.


The Ave Project:

Picture of University Avenue. Photo Credit: Depue, Earl B. (1917). Apart of UW Digital Collections

Photo Credit: Depue, Earl B. (1917). Apart of UW Digital Collections

 

The Q Center, with assistance from community advocates, is putting together a list of public bathrooms on the Ave and surrounding area. The main goals of this project are to identify gender-neutral bathrooms so that this information can be passed on to UW students, faculty, staff and visitors and to identify gender-segregated single-stall bathrooms in order to press those establishments to remove gendered signage.

If you have a moment, please add a few locations to this Google Doc! Thanks!


 

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