Update: The use of facial coverings is strongly encouraged everywhere in the University Library, but facial coverings are required in all library classrooms through October 7.
Frequently Asked Questions
We've added a second gender neutral restroom on the 3rd floor of Love Library and wanted to answer some common questions.
Why have gender neutral or gender-inclusive restrooms?
Many transgender people feel uncomfortable and vulnerable in a gendered bathroom. Time Magazine's article "The Gender-Neutral Bathroom Revolution Is Growing" does an excellent job of explaining how transgender people have been harassed or assaulted in gendered bathrooms, and how this kind of bathroom can also be useful for the disabled and parents with small children.
The term "gender neutral" is common. You may also see them referred to as "gender-inclusive," which is a welcoming term indicating that they are open to everyone.
How do they work?
The one on the 3rd floor is a single stall bathroom. The one in 24/7 has two stalls with tall walls and doors that lock.
Who can use them?
Anyone is free to use these restrooms. We ask that you behave in a respectful way towards others in the restroom.
What should I do if I see or experience a problem?
Please report problems to any service desk or to Library Administration at 619-594-6014. You may also report problems to the University Police Department at 619-594-1991. In an emergency, please call 911.
Where can I find other gender neutral/gender-inclusive restrooms on campus?
The Pride Center keeps a list at https://sacd.sdsu.edu/pride/images/gender-inclusive-restroom-map-2020.pdf
Where should I go to find out more information?
Feel free to contact Laurel Bliss, our LGBT Studies librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The LGBT Studies guide lists databases where you can find reliable articles about this issue.