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Are These Trans + Gay-Only Bathrooms Good For Safety? Or Just Separate But Equal?


Students at one of the top samba schools in Rio de Janeiro were either dismayed or elated to find bathrooms set aside specifically for gay and transgender dancers. At Unidos de Tujuca, which will send participants to the annual carnival celebrations in March (NB: That’s the news peg), the separate but equal facilities are being called “carnival apartheid” by one anti-homophobia proponent. Either that, or they’re providing a safe place to pee. There is one possible solution: make bathrooms (sexuality and) gender-neutral, a la Starbucks, although that would likely require the implementation of single-person facilities throughout.

On:           Jan 10, 2011
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    • jacknastion

      I have been to places where all the stalls are singles and then the sinks/mirrors are communal. But as a man that gets annoying because lets be honest, urinals take up less space and are quicker…that’s why there is never a line in the men’s room.

      Jan 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PopSnap

      I don’t know about you all, but whenever I walk into a bathroom I personally scream “I’M GAY! I LIKE PENIS! AND GAY SEX! YEAH!” at the top of my lungs. Therefore, these bathrooms seem like a great idea to me!

      Jan 10, 2011 at 6:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DavyJones

      @jacknastion: You’ve never been to a Major sporting game at halftime…

      Jan 10, 2011 at 7:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • matt

      dont like the idea cause it kinda singles us out as freaks.
      plus other people can just as well go into our bathroom and beat the living crap out of us.

      Jan 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tony

      ….. I need to make sure I go at home…..

      Jul 15, 2011 at 11:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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