Für eine Kultur der Wertschätzung
Why do the toilets at the University Sports Centre have new signs?
The University Sport Centre as a part of Göttingen University pursues a diversity-oriented organisational development. We frequently question our actions and structures in order to promote an organisational culture characterised by mutual respect. All members, students, employees and guests shall be appreciated and recognised, regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or weltanschauung, disability, age, gender identity or sexual orientation (Diversity Strategy University of Göttingen). The University Sports Centre decided to follow other examples within the university and Göttingen and implements gender-inclusive toilet facilities.
What does trans mean?
The term „trans“ describes all people that do not or just sometimes identify with their assigned gender at birth. For example, transgender people, transsexual people, genderqueer and non-binary people. People, who identify as trans, have very different experiences, backgrounds, bodies, and body expressions.
What does „inter“ mean?
The term „inter“ describes the experience to have been born with a body that does not adhere to or show the binary make-up of male/man and female/woman. This regularly leads to discrimination and human rights violations, for example non-consensual gender altering surgeries. „Inter“ is not a third gender because the realities of people born with a variation of gendered markers are diverse. Importantly, inter people can, like all other people, have a female, male, trans or non-binary gender identity.
What is the point?
We understand gender as a continuum and want to (re)present it explicitly as such. Adding the declaration of trans and inter to the toilet facilities next to „women“ and „men“ means to make the continuum visible, thereby including said identities and variations. This addition is intended to counteract stereotypical ideas of two supposedly clearly defined genders/sexes („man“ or „woman“). It expands the attributions of each binary space and shifts the understanding of who is read or perceived as „right“ or „wrong“ in the respective toilet. The implementation is intended to counteract discrimination. The decision to remain in the binary structure at present is to ensure that each room continues to provide a secure space. However, the necessary expansion is intended to sensitize to ambiguities of trans inter masculinities and trans* inter* femininities respectively. We would like to invite gender-queer, gender-fluid, non-binary and gender non-conforming persons to follow their (currently) perceived gender identity when using the toilets regardless of the structural binarity. We are aware and critical of the fact that non-binary folks are still asked to subordinate to the binary structure. We ask for your cooperation in the current situation.
Where can I find other gender-inclusive toilets?
- Equal Opportunities and Diversity Unit Göttingen University, Goßlerstr. 9
- Center of Methods in Social Sciences, Goßlerstraße 19
- Oeconomicum, Platz der Göttinger Sieben 3
- Alte Mensa, Wilhelmsplatz 3
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