Boston College law school has recently joined a host of other higher education institutions in implementing a gender-neutral bathroom for students.
LGBTQ communities across the country have fought for gender-neutral bathrooms in work and school environments as a way of making transgender students feel comfortable. According to The Stonewall Center, UMass Amherst’s LGBTQ organization, more than 150 college campuses nationwide have incorporated gender-neutral bathrooms.
The change was well-received by several members of the Law school community. Damon J. Quattrochi (BC Law, '15) commented, "This change is immensely significant and sends a clear message of the institution's (Boston College Law School's) respect, support, and acceptance of its gender queer, questioning, and/or trans individuals." Quattrochi continued, "It is my hope that this change will bring greater peace and understanding to our incredible community."
University of California campuses have been some of the most recent schools to make the change. The UC schools will be both changing current bathrooms and including gender-neutral bathrooms in new and future building projects. Larry Gordon of the LA Times reports, “The bathroom policy would widen an agreement UC reached in June with the union representing teaching assistants, tutors and readers that promised gender-neutral bathrooms within easy walking distance for UC employees.”
Similarly, many colleges have also integrated gender-neutral housing as an option for members of the LGBTQ community who may feel uncomfortable in traditional living arrangements. Boston University, Harvard and Northeastern are among the Massachusetts schools to have already provided this option for students.
Boston College has not made any steps toward gender-neutral housing but the inclusion of a gender-neutral bathroom on the Law campus demonstrates the institution’s willingness to make students comfortable. Boston College Law is a small community and its LGBTQ representatives, having voiced their concerns, were able to make changes on their campus. Although the change was strictly for the Law school, many hope that this might be a sign that gender-neutral bathrooms could become available for undergraduates in academic and residence buildings as well.