Trangendered toilet signs; Reactions

Posted: October 1st, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Trans | No Comments »

Second year student Jane McConnell is fucking retarded. I’m pretty sure toilet signs aren’t mentioned in the bible. I don’t understand at all what ethnicity has to do with it. And the last dude clearly wasn’t informed of the transgendered-people-being-murdered-in-bathrooms thing mentioned by the police officer.

Transgender students force lavatory change
A row has broken out at the University of Manchester after its student union lavatories were stripped of their genders so as not to offend transgendered people.

The ladies’ lavatory is now simply labelled "toilet" while the mens’ has become "toilets with urinals."

The student union decided to change the signs during a meeting of its executive in the summer following a number of complaints from transgender students.

Women’s officer Jennie Killip refused to say how many people had complained, and there are no figures for how many transgender people there are among the university’s 35,000 population.

She said: "If you were born female, still presently quite feminine, but defined as a man you should be able to go into the men’s toilets.

"You don’t necessarily have to have had gender reassignment surgery, but you could just define yourself as a man, feel very masculine in yourself, feel that in fact being a woman is not who you are.

"Transgender people can face violence and abuse when they go into toilets and we wanted to provide a place where they can feel comfortable.

"I have had complaints from people who said we didn’t have any facilities for them."

But the switch has caused consternation among many of the students returning from their summer break.

Second-year student Jane McConnell, 19, a news editor on the Student Direct student newspaper, said: "While these signs might be appropriate for people with different sexualities, I also think that many people from different religious and ethnic groups are going to feel uncomfortable using these facilities.

"Even though they’re just two signs, at the end of the day, toilets should be for women and for men specifically, not for both."

Another student said: "This is ridiculous. It is just too much political correctness." 460_toilet_1001290c.jpg



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