PWR BTTM Adds Gender Neutral Restroom Clause to Tour Rider

Photo by Andrew Piccone

Brooklyn “genre-queer” rock duo PWR BTTM announced on their Facebook page that they have updated their tour rider to require gender-neutral bathrooms at their shows.

The duo, consisting of Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins, are no strangers to being vocal advocates for the health and safety of queer people, which they reiterated in the following statement:
Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 1.23.39 PMGender neutral bathrooms have been a pressing topic in the political sphere for sometime, with the urgency of existing policies brought to light by UCLA’s Williams Institute. They reported that nearly 70 percent of transgender people said they had experienced verbal harassment in a situation involving gender-segregated bathrooms, while nearly 10 percent reported physical assault.

PWR BTTM is (hopefully) setting a precedent for other touring musicians and venues in regards to holding the safety and comfort of their fans as a high priority.

Catch PWR BTTM on tour now with Ra Ra Riot nationwide.

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  1. While I think adding a sex-neutral bathroom is a great thing, taking away women’s safe spaces for the sake of usually (male) trans folk is not okay. There are very few spaces that are female-only and they are sex segregated for the very reason that women don’t feel safe in the company of men – especially in vulnerable places like in bathrooms, fitting rooms, and shelters. Female safety is what is at stake here, and pandering to the feelings of males that feel entitled to our safe spaces just isn’t gonna cut it…

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