— Joshua Ostroff (@joshuaostroff) August 22, 2016
The Ex is a fair leading up to Canada’s Labour Day festivities. It is one of North America’s largest fairs and includes games, rides, and no shortage of things to do. The event draws large, diverse crowds so gender neutral bathrooms solve two problems: 1.) they make the event more inclusive for all people, regardless of gender identity and 2.) the lines for the bathrooms (especially the ladies room) likely won’t be as long.
“All portable washrooms will eventually be the same for the CNE,” Gage Knox, a Media Relations person for the events, told Buzzfeed. “All-gender washrooms makes for better flow and greater capacity.”
Gender nonconforming individuals — which include transgender people, intersex people, and everyone in between — have been campaigning for all-gender bathrooms for quite some time. By replacing men’s rooms and women’s rooms, the thinking goes, individuals who identify as neither man nor woman are not forced to choose. In May, Canada introduced Bill C-16, which would make it illegal to discriminate against a person based on their gender identity. The bill was met with tons of support from Canadian citizens, though as Metro reports, some still weren’t sure how all-gender public bathrooms would work. Still, the support for Canada’s bill stands in stark contrast to similar bills in the United States, which have been met with criticism, protest, and even challenges from state legislatures. In any case, just a short time into The Ex, and the event is already being applauded for taking a stance.