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University opens gender neutral bathrooms for transgender students

By Mason White 9:05 AM January 23, 2015
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By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A university is causing controversy after it has announced the opening of its gender neutral bathrooms.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga received government funds for a new library, and they decided to add a gender neutral bathroom.

The decision came after a transgender student was verbally assaulted for trying to use a bathroom in the old library.

The university would not say how many transgender students attend the UTC. However, they said that the goal was to make transgender students feel “safe and comfortable.”

The first ever gender-neutral bathroom in the new library has gotten lots of attention. Some people just stop to take selfies next to the sign on the door that states gender-neutral restroom and has a photo of both a man and a woman.

However, others are very angry with the bathroom and feel that it is inappropriate.

Retired State Representative Richard Floyd voiced his outrage over the bathroom. He called it perverted. Floyd said that he regrets voting for legislation to fund the library.

The university received $48 million in government funding for the library, which now houses the gender neutral bathroom.

Floyd said: “Is it something we should be proud of? No, no, one thousand times no.”

UTC said that two more gender-neutral bathrooms are being built.