November 1st 2013 – November 30th 2013
Durham Region + Where ever you are
The challenge: Don't use any gendered restrooms or change rooms for the month of November.
What are "gendered bathrooms"?
Gendered bathrooms are designated for "men" or "women" by a sign. This challenge includes
ALL gendered multi-stall and single-stall washrooms, and the bathrooms at work,
schools, libraries, bars/restaurants, and everywhere, really.
There are multiple purposes for this
1) To give people who don't find going to gendered bathrooms a difficult/unsafe experience a small idea of what it is
like for trans and gender variant people to navigate this world. Hopefully, with some real life experience, you will have a broader understanding of how gendered this world really is. But, DOING THIS DOES NOT GIVE YOU AUTHORITY
TO SAY WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE TRANS OR GENDER VARIANT.
2) To inspire people to fight for more gender neutral bathrooms.
- Don't drink a lot of
liquid if you are leaving the house for long periods of time
- Try to figure
out where some gender neutral bathrooms are in your town/city, and plan your day
around using a gender neutral bathroom.
- Remember, you can use gendered
bathrooms again in Dec. Some people can't.
And, even if you really have to go to the bathroom, try to not see gendered bathrooms as a possible place to go.
If you do have to use a Gender specific washroom - Donate $1.00 each time to PFLAG Durham Region (Keep track and donate at the end of the month) http://pflagdurhamregion.com/
We also recommend fighting for gender neutral bathrooms in one (or more) public space(s). Often the fight for this aspect of bathroom accessibility is only fought for by trans and gender variant people; It would be nice if other
people fought for it too. Any new bathroom can be listed on http://safe2pee.org/
Inspired by Jake Ely Feldman, Shay Enxuga
and PFLAG Durham Region, now it is your turn to also Inspire change!