Reimagined And Redesigned: Recommendations For Gender-Neutral Washrooms And Changerooms On Campus

Markus Harwood-Jones, Lee Airton, and Kel Martin

Published in the Canadian Journal of Higher Education

October 6, 2023

Gendered washrooms and changerooms are sites of tension for many transgender and/or gender non-conforming users. However, these are not the only groups impacted by the exclusive provision of gendered spaces. As gender-neutral facilities become increasingly standardized across multiple sectors, we consider how the rising trend of universal design can be realistically adapted within post-secondary institutions. This article proposes the concept of inclusive design and provides specific recommendations to improve user experience in gendered and gender-neutral facilities alike on campus.

Keywords: education, post-secondary, Ontario, trans studies, architecture, universal design

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No Other Words: The Stories of Lili Elbe

Markus Harwood-Jones

Chapter 15 in TransNarratives: Scholarly and Creative Works on Transgender Experience, edited by Kristi Carter, James Brunton

August 2021

Man into Woman: An Authentic Record of a Change of Sex was released to the English market in London and New York in 1933 (Elbe). The book was pitched as an authentic autobiography detailing the modern world’s first medically assisted transition of sex. The story captivated readers across multiple continents and continues to spur on adaptations into the present day. Pairing dictated first-person accounts alongside diary entries, letters, and before-and-after photographs, Man into Woman entrenched Lili Elbe into the history of transgender identity. Lili’s life was the subject of much discussion within popular presses of the early 1900s. Her narrative has returned to the spotlight in the 21st century, evidenced by David Ebershoff’s novel The Danish Girl. A film adaptation of Ebershoff’s novel was released in 2015, directed by Tom Hooper. These (re)productions of Lili’s life story speak to her own lingering presence and the lasting impacts of modernist sexology on trans discourse more broadly. These narratives make evident the interwoven stories that shape our understanding of gender and the very question of what it is to be human. Struggling against the weight of transnormativity, we need to follow the call of authors like Sandy Stone as we ask: for whom have Lili’s stories been crafted? This chapter will resist the urge to discount Lili’s story entirely and instead consider that alternative methods might be used to encounter those present absences that continue to haunt the archives of trans history.

Keywords: trans studies, gender studies, media, politics of representation, human, stories

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