The Jewish Community Center of Asheville, North Carolina created new policies for the bathrooms and locker rooms to make sure that they were inclusive of transgender individuals in their community. They also re-wrote their Non-Discrimination policy to be inclusive of gender identity and sexual orientation.
By Asheville Jewish Community Center
Asheville, North Carolina JCC
Whereas there are appropriate instances when a member or guest may require usage of a locker room and/or restroom that is not labeled for their gender identity, the following policy is designed to both protect their rights, their safety, and to provide guidelines for staff response.
In all cases, locker room/restroom facilities will be maintained by the Asheville JCC in an effort to provide private areas for individuals to use and to maintain respect for others’ privacy.
Persons applying for membership or employment shall not be turned away because of their race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender or gender identity, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation. The Asheville JCC does not tolerate verbal or physical harassment of any staff, JCC member or guest. If an incident of guest or member harassment is reported to a JCC staff member, the JCC staff member will take immediate action to ensure the safety of the individual. Such incidents should be immediately reported to the Community Life & Events Director and the Executive Director.
If harassment is committed by a JCC staff person, then the incident should be reported to the individual’s supervisor and the Executive Director as soon as possible. The supervisor will take appropriate disciplinary action steps.
Individuals shall be treated according to their self-identified gender. Notwithstanding the foregoing, it is impermissible for a JCC member or guest to assert a self-reported gender identity not consistent with how they present themselves generally in public, and/or for fraudulent or other improper purposes.
If an issue or conflict arises regarding an individual’s self-reported gender identity, the Executive Director:
-May initiate a conversation with the individual in order to ascertain the individual’s gender identity and any other gender-related concerns.
-May request documentation supporting the individual’s stated gender identity including a letter from a medical provider, therapist, social worker, member of the clergy, family member, friend, etc.
-NOTE: documentation of gender identity is not expected or required in the majority of cases – this provision shall only be triggered upon a reasonable concern for calling into question the individual’s stated gender identity
Private information, including a person’s status as transgender, their gender transition, and any medical information will be treated as strictly confidential.
Policy courtesy of Asheville Jewish Community Center, 236 Charlotte Street, Asheville, NC 28801. www.jcc-asheville.org