If you’ve been to our studio for an event or a workshop, you may have noticed the signs outside our restrooms.
They say simply “This bathroom has sinks and stalls.” They are non-gendered.
We have many LGBTQ+ artists in our community and to make the space supportive and safe for them, we felt it important that restrooms be non-gendered. We collaborated with Side by Side, a Richmond nonprofit working with LGBTQ+ youth, to find the right language for our multi-stall bathroom signs.
We had some ideas that they nicely told us were very, very stupid “Unicorns! A Robot and a Dinosaur!” In the end, it was a pretty simple solution. “Just say what’s in the bathrooms.”
We know that this can be uncomfortable for some visitors, and this is not our intention. Our first and primary priority is to respect the safety and identity of our LGBTQ+ artist members, interns, students, visitors, donors, volunteers and staff. We also have single stall restrooms for those who feel too uncomfortable in the multi-stall versions, because we truly wish to be welcoming and inclusive to all.
However, the beautiful wallpaper inside the multi-stall restrooms is a pretty good reason to go inside. Sarah Rowland designed the paper and a very cool dude named Roger installed it. Sarah has spent many hours working at Studio Two Three, and is a real support of our artistic community, and a real-life artist success story! Her wallpaper is now being featured in magazines, homes and corporate contracts across the US!