UC Berkeley opened an expansive “universal” locker room Wednesday, creating a space for transgender or non-binary students and those who want more privacy or need disability accommodations.
The 4,500-square-foot locker room, part of the campus’ Recreational Sports Facility, is the first of its kind in California and one of only a handful in the country, the university said.
The $2.7-million facility houses private rooms for changing and showering, including 400 lockers, 16 individual changing rooms, seven private showers, five private toilets and four shared sinks.
The idea for a universal space was borne out of conversations with students who said they felt uncomfortable having only a traditional choice of locker rooms.
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