A question we have received a number of times within our practice is the provision of and identification of ‘Gender Neutral’ toilets.
Upon researching signage options we were dismayed at the various designs currently being used. For this reason, we decided we would develop our own.
Tanisha Cowell from our practice has discussed this in detail in two recent blog posts
- Is gender specified signage in sanitary facilities required?
- Why Can’t I Have A Unisex Ambulant Toilet?
The following explains why we have taken the design approach we have.
Gender Neutral Toilet Signs by Equal Access
In developing the design for ‘Gender Neutral’ toilet signage our aim was to develop a sign that was clear and easy to understand for everyone, whilst avoiding perceived stigma associated with the facility by classifying it as non-gender specific, and hence being inclusive for all.
We have created two toilet signs without using the words ‘Gender Neutral’. In fact, the signage does not nominate any gender or have any other gender identifying features. It simply classifies the facility as a toilet.
We believe using wording such as ‘Gender Neutral’ on the signs alters the intent of what the signage needs to achieve: inclusiveness of all people, regardless of whether they associate with a gender.
The signs simply state ‘Toilet’ or ‘Ambulant Toilet’
The pictograms are for the standard ‘Gender Neutral’ toilet and the addition of stylised crutches defines a ‘Gender Neutral Ambulant’ toilet.
Gender Neutral Toilet Sign
Ambulant Gender Neutral Toilet Sign
Accessible Gender Neutral Toilet Sign
Download the Free PDF Digital Artwork
Whilst we have developed this, it was not for the purpose of licensing/ profiting off it. This sign is available for anyone to use for any relevant purpose.