She, he and … ze? – by Marc Young

Class promotes gender identity awareness

Which restroom do you use when you don’t consider yourself neither female nor male?

As one of the few higher learning institutions around the country to have non-discrimination policies on gender identity, ASU Downtown Campus held a class Tuesday to help build staff awareness about students who don’t fit into the standard male and female gender categories.

The class, Gender Identity 101, is the second of three in a series of workshops called SafeZONE 101, which identifies problems those who don’t fit the mold of male or female may encounter. The first class was an introduction to the series.

David Coffman, assistant professor of stage management and production manager, said there’s no such thing as a homogeneous way to classify transgender. He said the very nature of being a transgender person creates problems, such as whether to use the women or men’s restroom.