November 20th is Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) and at Ryerson, we’re dedicating the whole month to Trans Awareness.
The word trans refers to people who identify as transgender, transsexual, nonbinary, gender queer, two spirit, agender and/or gender nonconforming. There continues to be an epidemic of violence and discrimination against trans people.
At Ryerson, a committee of students and employees has been working towards inclusion and justice for our communities. The university is committed to continuing this important work.
All gender washrooms on campus
The safety and comfort for trans and gender nonconforming persons in gender segregated spaces is an ongoing issue.
In response to the needs of the Ryerson community, all single stall washrooms on campus will have new signage indicating these are all gender spaces. Plans are underway to increase of the number of single stall washrooms in a variety of buildings over the coming years.
In the Ryerson Student Campus Centre, temporary all gender washrooms are currently available on the second floor. Permanent all gender washrooms are being constructed on the first and second floors of Oakham House, with a projected completion of spring 2016.
You will also begin to see signage in all washrooms indicating the space is inclusive and that Ryerson respects everyone’s right to choose the washroom that is appropriate for them.
If you encounter concerning behaviour on campus or vandalism of signage, please contact Security at 416-979-5040 or firstname.lastname@example.org or dial 80 from internal phones in the event of an emergency.