a student-run publication that seeks to provide space for voices that are not being heard on our campus. we are grounded by politics that are radical, anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-classist, anti-homophobic, anti-ableist, and anti-transphobic (against all forms of oppression) and that reject the structural neo-liberal paradigm that characterizes middlebury college and its official publications
Recently, gender non-conforming (gnc) students and allies took down the men’s and women’s bathroom signs in Johnson and Ross buildings, labeling the bathroom doors ‘ALL GENDER NOW.’ This was done in response to gender-segregated signs put in the all-gender bathrooms in the McCollough social space for Laurie Patton’s inauguration. These bathrooms, the only gender-inclusive public spaces on campus, were fought for long and hard by trans and gnc students in 2011. Since then, the administration has failed to make more bathrooms gender neutral and continues to place the comfort of cisgender folks above the very real needs of trans and gnc people in public spaces. We see the blatant disregard of our struggles as an act of institution-sanctioned violence against those of us who do not always feel safe or comfortable in the bathroom of the gender we were assigned to at birth, and who endure psychological surveillance of our genders every time we need to use a men’s or women’s bathroom. These spaces need to be ours too– for our use, for our safety, for our humanity. We see these acts as part of a larger system of power that creates barriers to access and equity in institutions of higher learning for black and brown people, poor people, disabled folks, and trans/queer/gnc folks. We ask our peers to continue to demand all-gendered restrooms across the campus, and request that men and women’s bathroom signs across campus be replaced immediately by gender neutral ones.