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Letter: Theatre-goer unsettled by gender-neutral washroom

I found it to be disconcerting to be standing doing my business and have an outwardly apparent woman emerge from the stall right next to the urinals, said reader.
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My wife and I recently attended a production of “Mama Mia” at the Sudbury Theatre Centre (an excellent performance by the way). 

Prior to the start of the show, I thought a trip to the washroom would be in order. I was surprised to see two women coming out of the men’s washroom. When I asked an attendant where they had relocated the men’s washroom, I was informed the men’s washroom was now a gender-neutral washroom. Upon further discussion, I learned that the women’s washroom is still exclusively for women. Apparently, there are no gender-neutral women; I don’t know!
 
I found it to be disconcerting to be standing doing my business and have an outwardly apparent woman emerge from the stall right next to the urinals. It made me feel very uncomfortable. Now, maybe in this day and age there is a need for gender neutral washrooms, but I have two suggestions for the management: 

1. Make both washrooms gender neutral; what’s good for the gander should be good for the goose, or
 
2. Install a third washroom for those who feel that they can’t use a traditional washroom.
 
I understand that in this politically correct world, for whatever reason it is popular to cater to the needs of a tiny minority of our populations no matter how uncomfortable it may make the majority feel. And hey, maybe this move will bring in much-needed revenue to a local industry that is struggling financially. But this 70-year-old retired person who can afford show tickets and was considering a season’s pass will not be attending any future plays or shows.
 
Gary Kingerski
Sudbury
 




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