Conservatives Complain DNC’s All-Gender Restroom Is ‘Confusing,’ ‘Bizarre,’ And ‘Very Disturbing’


One of the bathrooms at the Democratic National Convention this week has been labeled an “all-gender restroom.” According to BuzzFeed, most people using the facility were unfazed by the experience, but a few members of the conservative press have been baffled about what they’re supposed to do.

Sarah Westwood of the Washington Examiner seemed to be unsure if she had a gender or not:

Westwood told ThinkProgress that her concern was pumping breast milk in a space in which her male coworkers could enter. She did not explain why the stall doors did not suffice to provide her with the privacy she desired like they would in any other restroom. She also did not seem to be aware that the convention center is equipped with two lactation suites specifically to meet her needs.


On Fox News, Tucker Carlson described the bathrooms as “bizarre” and “disgusting.” “I mean, I guess we’re liberated by this? Everyone should come visit one and see the reality of it. It’s unbelievable.”

Fox’s Tucker Carlson: Having Gender Neutral Bathrooms At The Democratic National Convention Is…Edit descriptionmediamatters.orgElizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon bemoaned that setting aside the all-gender restroom “leaves female convention goers with one fewer bathroom than male attendees,” a complaint that seemed to ignore the fact that female convention goers can actually use that restroom. She decided to film a short tour of the facility as a male colleague entered a stall:

Harrington also shared a reader’s concern that toilet seats might be left up or down or have urine on them. It’s unclear if she has ever lived in a house or existed in any other space that only has a single-use restroom.

Writing for, Jason Rantz wondered if the all-gender bathroom might be a publicity stunt because of its proximity to the press booth. He took photos inside and explained, “It appears that it’s just a women’s bathroom with the new sign on it.” He quoted a woman who complained, “I don’t need no man in the next stall next to me while I go to the bathroom.”

Conservative activist Dinesh D’Souza, who is peddling his new film Hillary’s America attacking Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party, decided to stage a photo demonstrating his wife’s reaction to having used the all-gender restroom.

She complained to another Twitter user that when she used it, “a man walked in,” calling the experience “very disturbing.” She did not explain why.


And even though he’s not even in Philadelphia, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) even got in on the fun of mocking the restroom. Fresh off of losing his state the NBA All-Star Game because of his insistence on standing by HB2, which prohibits transgender people from using restrooms that match their gender, McCrory welcomed Donald Trump and Mike Pence to Winston-Salem Monday by pretending to give safety instructions to the crowd.

“If you need to leave suddenly, we’ve got exits this way, exits this way, and exits this way. And if any of you need to use the restrooms — [extended pause for laughter] — and if you have any questions, go to the Philadelphia convention where all the Democrats are.”

Sarah Wood wrote at the New Century Times what it was actually like to use the all-gender bathroom. “It was pretty much like every other bathroom experience, except for seeing a couple male faces,” she explained, “but we all kept to ourselves, as one does in any bathroom.”