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This is a truly fascinating conversation. Is it really that unclear that the social resistance to the LGBTQ community is largely faith-based? We're talking about architects designing toilet rooms that by their sheer lack of choice will unwind a 2,000 year old entrenched belief that anything other than heterosexuality is a flat-out mortal sin against "our Lord and Savior". This is isn't about how best to identify a toilet room – it is about how best to identify, or not to identify, all human beings. Sexual identity is more charged with meaning than race could ever be, and we haven't come close to ignoring race as a differentiator. We do not have a United States Vice President professing that being African-American is a curable disease! But that's his position on homosexuality! This is the sort of hubris that causes people to imagine the very worst about the design professions – that we are all so damn full of ourselves that literally nothing in society is beyond our massive intellect to remedy. Unisex toilet rooms, indeed.
Phil L. Scott, Jr., AIA
Principal / CFO
Designing these unisex toilet and bathing rooms solves much more than gender issues:
- can reduce building square footage and energy usage (I have examples);- helps opposite-sex parent and caregiver access to toilet and bathing rooms;
- reduces waiting lines for everyone - potty parity;- helps paruresis restroom issues related to ADA, ADAAA and EEOC with these single-occupancy facilities available;
- helps transgender restroom and bathing room issues related to OSHA, EEOC, the Civil Rights Act and state bathroom bills by having all toilet and bathing rooms unisex.