- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 30, 2014

Students at San Diego State University hosted a “s—t in” event last week to protest what they say is a lack of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus.

The Trans* Action and Advocacy Student Coalition challenged participants not to use bathrooms marked with “men” or “women” signs for one week,” the Huffington Post reported. Five toilets were also placed outside one of the university’s buildings and people sat on them for “toilet selfies.”

“For trans* and gender nonconforming individuals, gender segregated bathrooms can be spaces where they are met with intimidation, harassment, run-ins with security, and/or violence,” the event’s Facebook description said, Campus Reform reported.

“Having non-gender neutral bathrooms makes them (transgender and gender-fluid students) afraid and uncomfortable. It is not fair to that population of students to have to think about that on a daily basis,” said Kayla Caddell, a student participating in the challenge, the school’s student newspaper reported. “It has checked my privilege in a way I didn’t expect it would.”

There are already more than 10 gender-neutral bathrooms on the campus as part of the university’s “commitment to diversity and inclusion,” Campus Reform reported.

Those participating in the challenge say the goal is to install a gender-inclusive bathroom in every building on campus and make all single-stall facilities gender-inclusive, Campus Reform reported.

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