Melissa Lopez, Eli Ridder | The Avro Post

IGNITE Board of Directors candidate Nikki Sandhu told the Post on Thursday that she supports the addition of gender neutral washrooms on campus if the LGBTQ+ community gives their approval. 

Sandhu, a third year Business Program student at the University of Guelph-Humber, has campaigned around student representation and ensuring members of established school groups are held accountable for their actions.

Presidential candidate Monica Khosla told the Post on Friday that it is important for “students and staff to feel safe” on campus and have their” pronouns respected”, saying that “everywhere should have gender neutral bathrooms.”

“In terms of a gender-neutral pronoun guide, I believe the LGBTQA+ community in GH (and Humber College) should be the ones to choose this,” Sandhu said.

“Gender neutral bathrooms are great, and I’m 100 [per cent] for it. That being said, it can only be really bought into consideration if there was additional space in GH to create and implement a space for it.”

As an LGTBQA+ member herself, Sandhu supports on-campus bathroom signs created by Humber’s Safe and Inclusive Washrooms campaign, and says they are “effective reminders that people should never be questioned on which bathrooms they use.”

Image from SIW campaign.

“That being said, I would definitely reach out to others in the community and see how secure they feel before making the need to look for areas for gender neutral bathrooms.”

Sandhu said that, although gender-neutral bathrooms do not fall directly under the responsibilities of Board of Directors, she wants to emphasize the importance of making it a conversation.

More elections coverage to follow. Image of a gender inclusive washroom from Daily Beast.

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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