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University introduces menstrual products in men’s toilets for trans people

University introduces menstrual products in men’s toilets for trans people

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A university in Washington just introduced free menstrual products for the men’s bathrooms on campus.

Washington State University started providing the tampons and pads to try to be more inclusive to transgender individuals.

They’re currently trialing the menstrual products in three restrooms across campus – Student Recreation Center, Compton Union Building, and Chinook Student Center.

It’s part of a new push for a ‘commitment to inclusivity’.

Trans Solidarity Rally and March, Washington 2015
Trans Solidarity Rally and March, Washington 2015 | Photo: Ted Eytan / Flickr

Other initiatives include a mandate that all new building construction and renovations include at least one single‑user restroom facility.

Community members can also easily update their first and middle names on their student identity cards, called a CougarCard.

An updated card can be issued at no cost.

WSU makes list of top 30 LGBTI-friendly colleges

Matthew Jeffries is co-chair of the Gender Inclusive and Trans* Support Working Group at the university.

He said: ‘Affirming folks’ identities on their CougarCard is a really big piece for us,’ reports WSU Insider.

Washington State University recently made the top 30 LGBTQ‑friendly college list in the United States.

Jeffries said: ‘This ranking is exciting because it shows that we’re building on the work of the students and professionals before us.

‘When I receive emails, I get to take those concerns, thoughts, and needs to the people who will listen and want to make change happen — here in Pullman and across the system,’ he then added.

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