A Transgender campaigner who identifies as gender-neutral wants to force unisex toilets to be installed at all major venues such as nightclubs and stadiums where the capacity is greater than 1000.
Born a male, ‘Norrie’ had a sex change operation at 28 and won a High Court battle in 2014 to be identified as belonging to neither gender.
‘It’s a jolly good idea!” claimed the 56 year old. “It would stop those awkward encounters when using the women’s toilets. ‘It gives me the option and I don’t have to explain myself,’ Norrie said.
‘Every now and again, maybe once in a hundred times now, nowadays I walk into the ladies’ loos and someone wants to pick a fight with my gender. ‘They might say, “Do you know this isn’t the men’s?” or “What are you doing in here?” or “This is the ladies'” or “Excuse me” and want to know if I’m post op or rubbish like that.’
‘My plumbing is nobody’s business really even when I’m in the toilet. It’s usually late at night when I’ve had a few drinks.’
Norrie, who uses the ladies’ toilets at familiar venues, would prefer to use a gender-neutral toilet. ‘There are a lot more people identifying as non-binary so I try to set the example,’ Norrie said.
A proposal to make gender-neutral toilets compulsory has been submitted to the National Building Codes Board.
Critics however have argued that introducing gender-neutral toilets would increase building costs and suggested that disabled toilets were used much to the dismay for Norris who said “uni-sex disabled toilets at many public and commercial venues weren’t suitable to transgender people. A disability toilet is not necessarily the way to go because they don’t have a disability”.
Children’s charities have hit out suggesting that the introduction of gender-neutral toilets at buildings, including schools, has caused controversy in the past and has proven to be a hotbed for predators to target young children.
The UK government’s Department for Education ruled that “the time is not right for the introduction of unisex toilets in our schools”, saying they were technically illegal.
Parents also expressed concerns about young people being too embarrassed to use unisex toilets – or, somewhat on the other end of scale, that the cubicles could be used for sexual liaisons between pupils.
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