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Yale University introduces gender-neutral toilets and eases identification rules

Published 21/05/2016

Students will not be obliged to use the names on their birth certificates when they graduate
Students will not be obliged to use the names on their birth certificates when they graduate

Visitors at Yale University's 315th commencement will notice something new on campus this year - gender-neutral toilets in 23 buildings.

The Ivy League school is promoting them on its website for Monday's commencement, complete with a link to a map showing where they can be found.

Yale also has decided to change a long-standing rule and will allow transgender graduates to have on their diploma the name they use, rather than the name on their birth certificates.

Tamar Gendler is dean of Yale's Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She said it is part of a comprehensive effort to make the famous US university more welcoming to transgender students.

Yale also allows transgender students to change the name on their school identification and will cover reassignment surgery under its health plan.

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