UH Campuses Now Provide All-gender Restrooms

Nine all-gender restrooms are now available at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus, and 73 percent of the bathrooms in the residence halls are all-gender bathrooms. All-gender restrooms are also available at UH Hilo and UH West Oʻahu. Similar to “family restrooms” that can be found in some shopping malls and airports, each all-gender restroom is a lockable, single-stall and provides both ADA accessibility and privacy.

Two student-led organizations led campaigns to actively bring attention to the issue on the Mānoa campus. The Associated Students of the University of Hawaiʻi, and the Graduate Student Organization passed resolutions in 2015 calling for more gender-neutral restrooms at UH Mānoa.

UH Mānoa is committed to ensuring a safe, respectful and diverse campus that is free from discrimination and harassment. The establishment of all-gender restrooms is tangible evidence of that commitment,” said UH Mānoa Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman. “We applaud the work of the leadership and staff at the LGBTQ+ Center, facilities personnel and campus architects for working collaboratively and quickly to make these all-gender restrooms available for our students this fall.”

Signage for all-gender restroom

The UH Mānoa LGBTQ+ Center also assisted UH Hilo, which has more than 20 all-gender bathrooms, and UH West Oʻahu, which has one all-gender bathroom and plans to add two more.

“No one should ever feel uncomfortable using our restroom facilities,” said UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney. “That’s why we’ve established more than 20 gender-neutral bathrooms throughout the campus, including our residence halls, Student Life Center and other key buildings, which can be readily located on our interactive map. Protecting the privacy of our faculty, staff and students is a responsibility we take very seriously.”

“I’m pleased that we’re taking this long-awaited and necessary action,” interim UH West Oʻahu Chancellor Doris Ching said. “By providing gender-neutral restrooms, we hope that all persons will feel safer in every part of the UH West Oʻahu campus at all times.”

Upholding legal rights

On May 13, 2016, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education released, under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a “Dear Colleague Letter” relating to the legal rights of transgender students in schools and universities receiving federal funding. The communication stated that students should have the right to use restrooms that match their gender identities.

The University of Hawaiʻi had already started policy work in this area well before the letter was issued.

“All-gender restrooms can be essential for transgender and gender-non-conforming students who don’t feel comfortable in sex-segregated facilities,” said LGBTQ+ Center Director Camaron Miyamoto. “In addition, their use is ideal for ADA access, caregivers, parents with children and anyone who might require some additional space and privacy that cannot be provided within a restroom with multiple stalls.”

The all-gender restrooms on the Mānoa campus are located in Architecture Building 315; the Dole Street Offices; Gartley Hall 11; Hamilton Library 303A and 303B; Holmes Hall 271, 371 and 471; and Webster 401A. View the Mānoa campus map (PDF).

For links to UH Hilo’s gender-neutral restrooms, see the campus map (PDF).

This Post Has 15 Comments
  1. Please Check the Map. Need to have Title on Map saying ALL Gender Restroom UH manoa

    Highlight in yellow Holmes Hall its on teh list. Remove Yellow highlight from Spalding Hall since there is no ALL gender Restroom in that building

  2. As a UH student, I am appalled that the university is wasting money trying to virtue signal with this politically correct nonsense. This is what our high student loans are paying for. If I was born white but “identify” as black, does that mean I can get the benefits (easier admissions, more scholarship opportunities) of affirmative action? I am so tired of a small but vocal minority of social justice warriors dictating the narrative for everyone else while silencing/threatening anyone they disagree with. Far left liberals are the most bigoted and intolerant people around today.

  3. my comment on this story is “awaiting moderation”….. translation = free speech is dead on university campuses because far left “progressives” / “liberals” censor any opinions they dislike.

  4. This is a waste of time. Family restrooms are already “gender neutral” and can be used by anyone, anytime and anywhere they feel uncomfortable to go into a specific gender restroom.

  5. Wonderful news! I am so proud of UHMC being a leader in this field! Thank you for caring for different Ohanas! This will bring peace to many people.

  6. I feel “uncomfortable” and “unsafe” paying insane tuition prices for resident tuition in buildings that are crumbling around me, while I experiment with my broken equipment. All the while, board members and administrators are approving pay hikes for themselves and arguing how much to pay a new football coach.

    Don’t get me wrong, I find nothing wrong with making sure ALL people who are on campus feel comfortable. However, I am not in line with how UH prioritizes how money is spent. I’m sure those very people who would be pleased about a gender neutral bathroom would be better pleased with a better standard of education.

  7. the far left has utterly failed the LGBTQ community. Instead of focusing on the massive setbacks to the gay community caused by mass muslim immigration and subsequent exponential growth caused by their high fertility that results in them outbreeding the native populations/culture, the left pushes lgbtq to focus on “gender neutral” bathrooms for people that think they are the opposite sex they really are. All one has to do is look at north africa to realize what unchecked muslim immigration followed by their high fertility has caused over the last 250 years to realize the seriousness of islamic mass immigration in the west. They do not integrate but conquer the native population with their high fertility before implementing their culture on the host population. The Koran openly gives them this order. If christians behaved the way muslims do liberals would be all over them yet somehow they remain silent and pretend to be a friend of the lgbtq community. Focus on the real issues rather then being distracted by bathroom bills.

  8. This is awesome! UH is a great school that welcomes everyone and I’m happy to be a student here.
    I don’t understand why the previous two posters are whining and being so negative. This is a great thing and people just want to be downers.

  9. So, it’s a bathroom stall. I think this will cause more harm than what it is intended to do. Though not sure why if you can urinate standing up, that you need a “gender neutral” bathroom. Aren’t bathrooms equipped with toilets!?

  10. @David, I’m a student at UH too. They don’t care who/what you are. As long as you have the money to pay, they let you in. Though it is a scam because most people (myself) never qualified for financial aid, but I don’t want the burden of debt when I graduate.

  11. As a transgender member of the UH faculty, I am delighted with UH’s efforts here. Having a peaceful place to use the restroom, free from harassment, is a HUGE, especially for our trans and nonbinary students, faculty, and staff.

    Much love to the Associated Students of the University of Hawaiʻi and the Graduate Student Organization for championing this. <3

  12. I find it annoying how some of the people here can speak their minds with impunity, the way they should, without attempts to clamp down on their Freedom of Speech or Expression.

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