New “All-Gender” signs will be replacing the “Family” signs outside of single stall restrooms at ISU.
Michael Shane McCreery, director and ethics officer in the Office of Equal Opportunity, Ethics and Access, said the idea for the new signs came from Sandy Colbs, the director of the Student Counseling Services.
Colbs posted a picture of the new restroom sign on Facebook and McCreery thought it was a great idea.
McCreery said he did some research and found that other universities were making the same transition.
For example, Illinois Wesleyan University made similar changes about a year ago. […]
Only single stall restrooms will be impacted: one in the Bone Student Center, one in Student Counseling Services and a couple throughout the dormitories.
McCreery said he does not anticipate more than 10 restrooms being affected.
* It all seems rather innocuous. I mean, transgendered folks could use them before, families can still use them, heck, you or I could use them. But Fox News freaked out…
* They were so creeped out by this that they eventually followed up. Fox guy Steve Doocy did a live shot outside the studios with people he claimed were “Fox friends”…
The updated signage will include a symbol of a half-man and half-woman, which has Doocy and company pretty confused and unsettled. The hand-picked crew of “Fox fans”? Not so much.
When Doocy asked a boy if he “would have any idea” what the symbol meant, the youngster suggested it might indicate a “family restroom.”
An older man next to the boy agreed.
“I could see that,” he said.
At that point, confident that he had planted the seeds for some righteous indignation, Doocy explained the moral deterioration at Illinois State University.
“See, they were designated as ‘family restrooms’ in the past and now, apparently, they’re going to be known as ‘all-gender’ restrooms,” Doocy explained.
“Does that make sense?” he asked a woman.
It did make sense.
“Restrooms for both genders,” she said cheerily.
Doocy was persistent.
“That’s right. Bathrooms for both genders, or transgenders,” he said, turning to a man in a Pittsburgh Pirates T-shirt. Surely, he shares Doocy’s mixture of confusion and anxiety!
“Transgender, that’s right,” the man replied dully.
There is a standard restroom sign that is utilized everywhere. It’s a woman silhouette on the left, a man silhouette on the right and a line in-between. It symbolizes either/or or equal access. Readily accepted. No controversy. Stupid for FOX to make a big deal out of this but also stupid for ISU to create a new sign when none was necessary. Waste of time and money.
ISU isn’t coming up with new signage. I saw the sign they will us posted on Facebook. It is a stock sign you can buy for $6. Fox must have invented that sign much like they invent most of the “news” they report.