Texas movie chain considering new gender-neutral bathroom design

AUSTIN, TX (KXAN) — Alamo Drafthouse founder, Tim League, is seeking input on the hot button issue of the moment, bathrooms and the genders able to use them.

He decided to scrap the approved bathroom for the new Mueller location which is currently under construction, and go back to the drawing board with Drafthouse Architect Richard Weiss.

“We’ve been thinking about what an inclusive commercial gender-neutral restroom design might look like so that these challenges are not even part of the dialogue,” League said in a Facebook post.

Their goal is to come up with an idea that will fulfill all needs while being comfortable and meeting the city code.

“It’s the stories you hear of transgender kids getting beat up in high school bathrooms,” League told KXAN. “That’s a real problem and like I say, you can’t necessarily change everybody’s mind immediately on these issues but you can hopefully by design eliminate conflict.”

The working draft, which was posted on Facebook, is one large bathroom with a section of urinals behind one door and individual stalls for seated toilets. League said he is considering a type of urinal both men and women can use. So, what does an all gender urinal look like?

“It’s new territory,” said Weiss. “It’s something we’re looking into. It’s essentially a urinal that has a throat that comes out it’s a deeper stall.”

Larger ADA accessible bathrooms would be across the hall and those would be equipped with baby changing stations.

“The ultimate goal is that everybody should be able to do what they want to do where they want to do it,” said Weiss.

When League started researching ideas, he said there was not much to go on.

He is certain the new inclusive bathroom will not include any female or male signs, and will likely serve as a model for all Drafthouse locations built in the future.

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The Alamo Drafthouse founder, Tim League, posted this to Facebook. 

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