Visible progress last week from the Office of LGBTQ Resources, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion on realizing a “more inclusive Yale,” with a new set of signs indicating “ALL GENDER RESTROOM” and three icons helping visitors imagine past the male-female binary. As Tamar Gendler, dean of FAS, said,
The language of ‘all gender’ and the inclusion of the three icons on this picture and the fact that it is official Yale signage that went through every single part of the Yale process means that this is done with approval at the very highest levels. This is a category of self-understanding that Yale is publically acknowledging and putting on the walls with this kind of permanence.
Also compelling from an LL perspective is a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new signs: although protest against the entities represented on or through signs can often be surmised from graffiti and defacement, the institutional inauguration or celebration of that which is represented on a sign may be harder to catch.
It might also be an interesting project to follow the Yale “All Gender Restroom Map” and see these signs emplaced; I wonder at the history of