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YMCA gets gender-neutral changeroom

YMCA gets gender-neutral changeroom

New "universal" locker room designed with trans community in mind
A new universal changeroom is open to the public at the Argyle St YMCA.

The universal change- and shower-room is located between the pool and the men's and women's changerooms. The end of the changeroom leads to the pool entrance.

It replaces old changerooms in the corridor leading to the pool, which used to be known as the “family” or “disabled” area. Anyone of any sex or age can use it. The new universal changeroom is not meant to replace the traditional same-sex changerooms.

“We chose the term 'universal' to be inclusive, so the transgendered community would feel comfortable in that space,” says Tosha Rhodenizer, YMCA vice-president of health, fitness and recreation.

Rhodenizer says the universal changerooms will also benefit families, where a father can bring his young daughter or mother her young son to change after having a shower. The new changeroom is clean and bright: there are new lockers and separate changing stalls with hooks for clothes and towels. People with special needs have access to separate shower rooms. Universal toilet facilities are in single rooms.

There is a common area containing the lockers, but Rhodenizer says members are encouraged to be clothed when using it. Bathing suits are mandatory in the shower area.

The Metro Y’s universal changeroom is part of a $17-million renovation project, which started in April of this year and will finish March 31, 2011. All YMCAs across the city have gone through construction phases. In Orleans, $10 million was spent on the recently renamed Ruddy Family YMCA.

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YES!
As a Trans person who had to give up competitive swimming when I came out, this is SO EXCITING!
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A new universal changeroom is open to the public at the Argyle St YMCA.

The universal change- and shower-room is located in between the pool and the men's and women's changerooms. The end of the changeroom leads to the pool entrance.

It replaces old changerooms in the corridor leading to the pool, which used to be known as the “family” or “disabled” area. Anyone of any sex or age can use it. The new universal change room is not meant to replace the traditional same-sex change rooms.

“We chose the term “universal” to be inclusive, so the transgendered community would feel comfortable in that space,” ""

And what if people with transsexuality wish to use sex specific change rooms?
Will they be told they have no choice but to use these stall which single them out? By mentioning people who are transgender, it leaves the question open about who decides, the person or the staff.
Most people born with transsexuality, different then the umbrella term transgender, work to correct their bodies and live as they know their brain tells them they should be. They don't want separate or "special" places.

Though I do see how this is good for the parents with different sex children and people with body image issues.
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