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A bathroom project at the University of Iowa to update bathroom signs on single stall bathrooms to make them “gender inclusive” for transgender students is in its final stages of completion.

The bathroom project is updating the signs for single stall bathrooms so that anyone, regardless of gender, can use them, reports the Gazette. The campus will soon feature signs on approximately 87 single stall restrooms that declare their open use, regardless of gender.

“This is important for people who don’t identify as male or female,” Finn said. “They don’t have to put themselves in a box they don’t feel comfortable with. It’s about making everyone on campus feel comfortable,” Sean Fill, president of UI Trans Alliance, told the Gazette.

The project began when an employee of the University of Iowa’s Women’s Resource and Action Center suggested that changes be made to the university’s bathrooms. Teri Schnelle, the coordinator for student life assessments and initiatives, Meagan Schorr from WRAC and Cindy Ann Kilgo, a former student, led a group of about 40 volunteers to review bathrooms and check to see if there were urinals or a toilet, the signs on the restroom and other things.

After reviewing about 1,000 bathrooms, the group handed over their findings to the Facilities Management. The Facilities Management plans to update the signs on 87 single stall bathroom on the campus within the next year.

The work group helped the Facilities Management team create new signs for the bathroom while campus stakeholders examined the signs. The bathroom signs use ” consistent and affirming language,” a spokesperson for the college told the DCNF.

The group is currently making print maps to show the locations of the new “gender inclusive” bathrooms on campus.

The University of Iowa recently converted former offices into segregated prayer rooms for their Muslim students. The girl students pray in one room, while the male students pray in another. Motier Haskins, faculty adviser for UI’s Muslim Student Association, called the prayer rooms a “step in the right direction.” RELATED: Taxpayer-Funded Big 10 University To Get Pair Of Sex-Segregated Muslim Prayer Rooms

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