UMSU’S new ‘non-gendered’ toilet facilities have become an international talking point.
National press organisations such as The BBC, The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Star and The Guardian, as well as regional papers such as the Metro and Manchester Evening News followed Student Direct ’s lead with our exclusive ‘Bog Standard’ story and controversy-sparking editorial.
Even the Times of India and the BBC in China have reported on the story, rendering Student Direct famous world-wide.
After the Manchester Evening News followed up on Student Direct’s report, the national (and later, international) papers took up the story. With articles everywhere asking whether this was “political correctness gone mad,” this divisive issue went on to become one of BBC News website’s ‘most emailed’ stories worldwide last Tuesday and was still MEN’s most-read story according to their website as of 2nd October.
The new, although currently temporary, gender-neutral toilet signs in Club Academy have now provoked not only Union but also national debate.
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