Malmö Opera has recently introduced a gender neutral bathroom in order to make sure that everyone can feel safe and comfortable when nature calls.
Malmö Opera has had drag queens and high heels on stage since autumn in their critically acclaimed production of the musical “Kinky Boots”, and the gender bending show seems to have inspired the management to make sure that even the bathrooms in the building send out a clear message of inclusion.
“We thought it was about time. This is something that is already coming our way and we saw no reason to wait any longer”, said Torgny Nilsson, Press Manager at Malmö Opera, in an interview with Sydsvenskan.
A member of the Malmö Opera choir suggested the gender neutral bathroom to the management and after learning that several Swedish hospitals have also begun introducing these, the decision was easy to make.
The gender neutral bathroom in Malmö Opera used to be a women’s bathroom, and all it took was basically a new sign on the door. But while gendered bathrooms might be easy to convert into gender-neutral ones the bigger challenge is how to make society more inclusive.
“Right now the subject of how we react to people and treat people who do not conform into the traditional binary genders are broadly discussed”, said Nilsson and stated that the choice of putting “Kinky Boots” on stage was also a result of the topical issues of gender and identity.
Malmö Opera is not the only Malmö institution that is opening up their doors to welcome non-binary people. Ribersborg bath at the Ribersborg beach in central Malmö will provide gender neutral changing facilities beginning next year.