On Thursday, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport opened its first all-gender restroom. The new multi-user area, one of only around 10 in airports across the U.S., is intended to give flyers added flexibility during their travels, according to a news release from the Port of Seattle, which owns and operates the airport.
It’s also meant as a welcoming space for all individuals regardless of gender.
The Port of Seattle noted in its blog that the multi-stall bathroom, located between gates D1 and D2, is designed with the needs of transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming individuals in mind. People with disabilities or who need assistance from a caregiver can also easily access the restroom.
“We want all guests at SEA Airport to know they have safe and accessible restroom options when traveling through our gateway,” stated Ryan Calkins, commissioner of the Port of Seattle in a news release on July 20.
The restroom features 10 single-person stalls, a private urinal room, a central sink area, toddler changing tables and a water bottle refill station. Twelve members of the LGBTQIA+ community and allied artists contributed 22 pieces of artwork for the wall outside the restroom entrance.
The rest area was jointly developed between the Port of Seattle and members of the LGBTQIA+ community, local faith leaders and Port of Seattle stakeholders.
The new bathroom isn’t intended to replace currently existing gendered bathrooms. Men’s and women’s restrooms are still available by gates D1 and D5.
The all-gender restroom was constructed as part of Sea-Tac Airport’s larger Restroom Renovation initiative, which aims to bring fresh art and aesthetic designs to bathrooms across the airport’s B, C and D concourses. The project began in 2019 and is expected to completed by the end of 2023.
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