Restroom Inclusivity at Tech Conferences

Gender is not a binary. Gendered restrooms present a stressful dilemma for many people who are transgender, genderqueer, or gender-nonconforming. Choosing between "men's" and "women's" restrooms can rife with personal and professional risk. In some places, there's very real risk of being arrested. Single-stall restrooms, unisex restrooms, family restrooms, all-genders restrooms, or gender-neutral restrooms are gender inclusivity strategy that recognizes that people of every gender have equal need to pee in peace.

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  1. Inclusive restrooms are one more aspect of accessibility. Inclusive restrooms are a visible signal that a conference prioritizes safety and privacy for every person, every gender. Inclusive restrooms also highlight that a conference recognizes parents' needs; for instance, that not only moms change diapers, and that escorting a youngster into most restrooms can be challenging when child and adult do not appear to be the same gender. Attendees are excited to see conferences thinking and caring about how to make sure all are welcome and respected.
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