Chicago Restroom Access Project (CRAP)
Dates: 7/1/2016 - 6/30/17
Abstract: Policy & Social Engagement Fellowship Award: Equal access to public restrooms is a social justice issue for trans* and gender non-conforming individuals. Several US cities have passed legislation requiring gender-neutral restrooms. The Chicago Restroom Access Project, a collaboration between UIC, CDPH, and the Pride Action Tank, was established in 2015 with the goal of supporting passage of public policy regarding mandatory conversion of gendered single-stall restrooms to gender-neutral restrooms in Chicago. African American (AA) trans* women are disproportionately impacted by gender-based violence. However, these individuals and the broader AA community have not been sufficiently engaged in policy efforts aimed at increasing access to public spaces based on one’s chosen gender identity. The project goal is to increase awareness and engagement, and obtain input on best practices for increasing support for gender neutral restroom acceptability in businesses serving these communities. The ultimate goal is to ensure appropriate engagement of the AA community in future gender-neutral restroom policy initiatives.