Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis to rebrand 14 campus restrooms as 'All Gender'


By: Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Officials at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis have announced a plan to re-label 14 restrooms across campus as “All Gender.”

The Indianapolis Star reports the university announced the plan in a faculty newsletter Tuesday. The school also plans a new center at Taylor Hall for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

Karen Dace is vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion. She says the new restroom signs are in response to student feedback. The restrooms are single occupancy and are similar to family restrooms found in some public facilities.

The plan for the all-gender restrooms comes as Indiana lawmakers prepare to consider extending civil rights protections to LGBT people while also carving out broad exemptions for religious institutions and some small businesses that object to working with gay people.