Irish College GMIT is in the process of introducing gender-neutral toilets on its Dublin Road Campus having already put them on its Centre for Creative Arts Campus.
Student Union President Amy Kelly told the Connacht Tribune that she opted to do it after being approached by students while she was working as Vice President for Welfare the year before.
“I was approached by students who felt uncomfortable using current toilets on campus. But now we have a facility that is more inclusive for all students and staff.”
GMIT main campus finally getting the GN toilets, let's hope the GR Act is in place for September too pic.twitter.com/VWHjnpLDRb
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Kelly said that the initiative didn’t involve much cost as it was merely a case of improving the existing toilets.
“We are simply upgrading facilities and putting new signage on the door. It is very difficult to put a cost on an individual’s wellbeing,”
The initiative has been hailed for making trans and non-binary students feel more welcome with current Vice President Cathal Sherlock hailing the success of the initiative over the past year.
GMIT finally getting the GN toilets, let's hope the GR Act is in place for September too https://t.co/EHeUWMrQnB
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GMIT are the leading college for such an initiative, NUI Galway last September announced that they would be following suit, NUI Maynooth, UCC and Queen’s Belfast have also adopted gender-neutral toilets.