A formal complaint has been made after a gender-neutral bathroom sign was vandalised at the University of Limerick
A FORMAL complaint has been received by the University of Limerick after the words ‘mental-illness’ were carved into the sign of a gender-neutral bathroom on campus.
Gender-neutral bathrooms are universal access facilities, regardless of one’s gender identity, and provide bathroom access to transgender and non-binary people.
“This transphobic graffiti is (vile),” one student wrote on Twitter.
“To all the trans community in UL, I am sorry, I hope you are ok and well. As a member of the UL community I believe it is all our responsibility to stand up against hate crimes such as this and last week’s incidents of sexual harassment.”
In 2017, 14 gender-neutral bathrooms were installed across UL in a move widely welcomed by equality campaigners, following a campaign spearheaded by the university’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender society ‘Out in UL’ and the ULSU.
UL was the first campus in Ireland to install gender-neutral bathrooms and this is the first reported incident of vandalism to the bathrooms at the university.
UL is taking steps to address the formal complaint received, a UL spokesperson said.
“The sign has been removed and will be repaired and replaced.”
“There is huge commitment by UL management to ensure the university is a place of absolute inclusivity with many new measures taken over the past number of years to achieve this, including the establishment of the gender neutral bathroom facilities.”