Jessica OrbonNov 9, 2017, 9:28 pmNov 10, 2017, 12:15 pm

Rutgers study: Women, minorities feel safer in gender neutral bathrooms

While the idea of gender neutral bathrooms has proven divisive in some areas, it has been accepted at Rutgers University

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PISCATAWAY — The idea of gender neutral bathrooms has divided states like North Carolina and Virginia, but they have been embraced at Rutgers University.

Now, a study by graduate student Kimberly Chaney and Dr. Diana Sanchez has concluded that women and minorities feel safer in gender neutral bathrooms, where people of any gender can use the a restroom without boundaries.

The study surveyed 450 people, including Rutgers students and American adults online.

"Gender neutral bathrooms might make people feel safe and included in environments where they might traditionally not be, like how women and racial minorities might get a little bit of a boost from having gender inclusive bathrooms in a building," Chaney said.

Chaney says that so far, the study has received positive feedback.

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