Way to go Vancouver!

TransWelcomeThe picture links to an article titled Gendered symbols should be removed from Vancouver community centres, report says. This list is included in the article:

  • All community centres should have at least one universal and accessible single-stall washroom for each activity area.
  • The number of private stalls in men’s washrooms should be increased.
  • Multiple single-stall universal washrooms should be created “when possible”.
  • When new change rooms are developed at swimming pools, there should be separate men’s, women’s, and universal facilities.
  • “Gendered symbols of bodies” should be removed “as much as possible” from signage.
  • Men’s and women’s washrooms should indicate that trans and gender-variant users are welcome.
  • Trans-inclusive stickers should be placed at entrances to facilities.
  • A public education campaign, which would explain the use of the term “universal”, should be carried out before signage changes.
  • There should be mandatory training on trans and gender-variant awareness and sensitivity for staff.
  • Staff should be trained to have an increased ability to resolve conflicts relating to gendered spaces and to do so in manner that respects trans and gender-variant people and upholds their rights.
  • Job postings should explicitly state that trans and gender-variant people are encouraged to apply.
  • New drop-in programming times should be introduced for trans and gender-variant people and allies, with windows and viewing areas covered for attendees’ safety.
  • Instructors should avoid using gendered language (“ladies and gentlemen”) as well as dividing people into groups based on perceived gender in class.

So far it’s just a report, it hasn’t happened yet, but hopefully they’ll use these recommendations soon. And even more hopefully, the rest of Canada will take note.

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