V1563 – Gender-Neutral Toilets Inclusion In Buildings (Implementation) Bill 2020

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B1563 – Gender-Neutral Toilets Inclusion In Buildings (Implementation) Bill 2020, TSR Government





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Gender-Neutral Toilets Inclusion In Buildings (Implementation) Bill 2020





An Act to include gender-neutral toilets in all buildings with existing facilities.

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1: Definitions
(1) Gender-neutral: Degendered, not relating to any gender
(2) Toilets: Any facility in a building which includes stalls and basins
(3) Educational facility: Any school, college, sixth form, university or research centre
(4) Sporting facility: Any form of club, gym, leisure centre, swimming hall, sports hall, arena or stadium

2: Provision of gender-neutral toilets in new buildings
(1) The relevant government department for planning shall implement guidelines that ensure relevant provision is made for the installation of gender-neutral toilets in new planning regulations.
(2) The details for these guidelines shall be outlined in Schedule 1 of this bill.

3. Retrofitting Gender Neutral Toilets in existing buildings
(1) By 2024, existing infrastructure (where outlined in the confines of this Bill) shall provide for the retrofit of gender-neutral toilets into existing buildings.
(2) All educational facilities shall provide at least one set of gender-neutral toilets within their facilities that are accessible for all users.
(2) a. The Department for Education shall make available a grant funding scheme for which this is to fund such retrofitting.
(3) Sporting facilities shall provide at least one area in which gender-neutral changing facilities are present.
(3) a. The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport shall make available a grant funding school for which this is to fund such retrofitting.

4: Exceptions
(1) This requirement will be for existing buildings which already contain binary toilets, and for new buildings which plan to build binary toilets.
(2) Existing buildings which do not contain any toilets, or new buildings which do not plan to build any toilets are exempt from this requirement.

5: Commencement, Short Title and Extent
(1) This Act may be cited as the Gender-Neutral Toilets Bill 2020
(2) This Act shall come into force effective immediately upon royal assent.
(3) This Act shall extend to the whole of the United Kingdom.

Schedule 1
The provision within this act to ensure the building of appropriate Gender Neutral Toilets shall be met by the government through the provision of planning guidelines that ensure the following occurs:
(1) To include at least one set of gender-neutral toilets in schools, colleges, faculties, university buildings, offices, shops, institutions, and any other type of building, such that all single stall cubicles are gender-neutral
(2) To include at least one set of gender-neutral changing areas in sporting clubs, and school, college and university-owned sporting areas
(3) To ensure that in any future building works that may involve toilets, at least one set of gender-neutral accessible cubicles are provided.
(4) To include single gender-neutral cubicles are provided where there are changing facilities that lack this option
(5) Toilet rooms must be adequately ventilated and lit
(6) Toilets and toilet rooms must be kept in a clean and orderly condition
(7) Facilities are required to have hot and cold running water
(8) Enough soap or other washing agents are to be provided
(9) A basin large enough to wash hands and forearms if necessary is to be provided
(10) A means for drying hands is to be* provided, e.g. paper towels or a hot air dryer, with a bin
(11) Washing facilities must be provided in the immediate vicinity of toilets
(12) An effective means of flushing a toilet should be provided, as should toilet paper and a coat hook. A suitable means for the disposal of sanitary dressings should be provided.
(13) Facilities should provide adequate protection from the weather
(14) There should be a regular cleaning and inspection regime in place
(15) Prompt reactive maintenance is essential for all toilets.

Gender-neutral toilets will be installed according to Figure 1:

Figure 1:
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Note 1 regarding Figure 1: “Number of toilets” refers to the number of cubicles in each toilet room
Note 2 regarding Figure 1: Gendered and gender-neutral toilets must be in separate rooms
Notes
There are many existing non-binary (people who do not identify as either male or female, or have fluid genders), transgender (people who do not identify with the gender assigned to them at birth), and intersex (people who are born with a sexual anatomy that does not fit the traditional definitions of male or female) people in schools, colleges, universities, clubs, businesses, offices and every other space, for whom more accessible gender-neutral facilities would provide a safe, judgement-free space to use the toilet. The UK Government “tentatively estimates”1 that there are between 200000-500000 transgender and non-binary people in the UK.

According to a 2018 report by Stonewall, “17% of trans students report being unable to use the toilet they feel comfortable with at university”2 and “9% of trans people don’t feel able to use the toilet they feel comfortable with”3

The Equality Act 2010 states4 in Section 85:
“(2) The responsible body of such a school must not discriminate against a pupil—
(b) in the way it affords the pupil access to a benefit, facility or service;
(d) by not affording the pupil access to a benefit, facility or service;”
According to this, denying students the use of these gender-neutral facilities constitutes discrimination, even if it is unintentional.

Unnecessary gendering of facilities can be harmful to non-binary students – the more gender-neutral facilities, the more accessible these facilities are to people across the college. It is unfair to make students, staff and visitors who may require gender-neutral toilets travel large distances, and this can be circumvented by degendering as many toilets as possible.
The introduction of gender-neutral toilets would also be a small, yet meaningful sign of increased recognition for all non-binary, trans and intersex people who may pass through the university, whether they are members of the university or not. If more easily-accessible gender-neutral toilets were provided, it would send a welcoming message to prospective applicants from trans, intersex and non-binary backgrounds. Furthermore, many non-binary students may be driven to use the non-gendered disabled toilets for practical reasons if less accessible options are given, and this could increase traffic to disabled toilets, inconveniencing disabled students. It is obvious that simply having disabled toilets as gender-neutral facilities is inadequate for both groups.

For the people who oppose such a change, it should be explained that transgender and enby people have a right to use the facilities and are no more threat than other users. In the particular case of AMAB people, they may face more violence and aggression in using binary toilets compared to the use of gender-neutral toilets due to unnecessary gender policing on the basis of their appearance. If gender-neutral toilets are provided on top of binary toilets, in the case that trans men and women are rejected from binary toilets, they have a chance to use some form of toilets, i.e. the gender-neutral facilities.

This measure in no way means that binary (i.e. men’s rooms and women’s rooms) rooms should be scrapped or changed, this is just a requirement for all buildings to include one set of gender-neutral toilets, on top of the existing binary toilets, for the benefit of the GNC students/workers. Binary facilities will still exist, this Bill would just make it that at least one set of gender-neutral facilities would exist to improve the quality of life of GNC people.

(1) https://assets.publishing.service.go...-factsheet.pdf
(2) https://www.stonewall.org.uk/system/...ies_report.pdf
(3) https://www.stonewall.org.uk/system/...ork_report.pdf
(4) http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/section/85


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So much for a second reading...

These things already exist:
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And the argument about denial of access to the physically disabled is made completely disingenuous by these:
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As changing a baby takes longer than having a piss and there are a hell of a lot more babies than people who have an issue with what's between their legs.
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Nay.
As has been said, this contradicts religious freedom and I highly doubt that 500,000 people think they're something other than what they biologically are.
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this contradicts religious freedom
Funnily enough religious people don't have to use these. They can happily ignore them, and it would literally never affect them
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Funnily enough religious people don't have to use these. They can happily ignore them, and it would literally never affect them
As I've said on the debate thread thingy (I've got no idea what it's called) Catholic, Baptist, Orthodox and Conservative Jewish and Muslim business owners (who believe that there are only two genders) would be forced to provide non-binary toilets.
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Funnily enough religious people don't have to use these. They can happily ignore them, and it would literally never affect them
You mean you believe only atheists own or run businesses covered by this?

I'm not surprised though given you seem to think that accessible toilets aren't almost all gender neutral
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NAY we need more disabled toilets instead. Some establishments have no disabled toilets plus ngl we need to be spending our money on “better things”. Education, housing, public transport etc
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The following votes have been removed from non MPs (If you chaps have any questions about any of this, feel free to PM me )

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Order, Order

The Ayes to the right: 20

The Noes to the left: 23

Abstains: 4

The Noes have it, the Noes have it. Unlock!
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