Today, Students’ Union Welfare Officer Rianna Gargiulo scored a massive win for all students, regardless of gender expression or identity, by overseeing the instatement of a new gender neutral toilet sign in Bramber House.
This sign, the first of 75, marks a great achievement for the Students’ Union after years of lobbying to make the University’s facilities more amenable to students who do not self-identify as cisgendered.
Rianna picked up where former Students’ Union Welfare Officer Sophie van der Ham left off and has been given verbal assurance that the University intends to have all 75 of the signs attached by Friday 12 September, one day before the arrival of this year’s new students.
The campaign was started due to the lack of provision for non-cisgendered students by The University and won the 2014 NUS LGBT campaign of the year award
Iissues raised by the campaign include: University forms requiring selection of ‘male’ or ‘female’ for gender, gendered job applications through the careers and employability centre and barriers for students who wanted to participate in sports and societies.
Rianna said “I am extremely happy to say that we, at Sussex, are leading the way when it comes to progressive attitudes towards gender. I will continue to oversee this campaign and push for the University to be as inclusive and understanding of students’ needs as possible.”
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