A Conversation on Gender Diversity and Space


Black and white banner with headshots of Ivan Coyote on the right, Susan Stryker in the middle and Seb Choe on the right.

This panel discussion will center on the pressing issues surrounding inclusive design and access to public toilets and locker rooms. As essential facilities in our communities, these spaces play a significant role in shaping the overall experience of individuals from diverse backgrounds and abilities. Panelists will address the complexities surrounding the interaction between private bodies and public spaces and explore innovative solutions for creating more inclusive environments.

Panel Discussion

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 15 at 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Address: 3435 Main Street, Buffalo, NY. 14014
Location: Online and 403 Hayes Hall, School of Architecture and Planning,
University at Buffalo - State University of New York
Remote Access: Attend in-person or via Zoom registration
Related Exhibit: Private Containers in Public Spaces Exhibition

Distinguished Panelists

The panel discussion will feature three distinguished experts, each with unique insights and experiences in the field of inclusivity and advocacy:
1. Ivan Coyote: A highly acclaimed writer, performer, and LGBTQ+ advocate, Ivan Coyote brings their exceptional storytelling ability to share personal experiences that shed light on the importance of inclusivity in public spaces.
2. Susan Stryker: Professor Emeritus of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Arizona, Susan Stryker is a leading scholar whose research has significantly contributed to understanding gender and transgender issues. Her expertise will enrich the discussion with scholarly perspectives.
3. Seb Choe: Associate at JSA/MIXdesign is an architect and media designer who directs projects research, education, and design projects on inclusive design such as the Stalled! website. They will provide insights into the practical aspects of creating equitable and accessible public toilets and locker rooms.

Key Discussion Topics

During the discussion, the panelists will address crucial topics such as:
1. Designing public toilets and locker rooms to be inclusive and accessible to all individuals, regardless of their gender, age, or physical abilities.
2. Understanding the challenges faced by marginalized communities and exploring ways to break down barriers and promote a culture of acceptance.
3. Advocacy and policy initiatives aimed at driving positive change and fostering inclusivity in public facilities.
4. Leveraging personal narratives and lived experiences to create empathy and understanding in the broader community.


This Symposium is organized by The IncLOOsion Project, a team of faculty and community members doing research and public education on inclusive restroom design. They include Randy Fernando, Ed Steinfeld, Beth Tauke, and Adam Thibodeaux, faculty at the School joined by Andrew Gunther and Maya Kirsch, community members.

University at Buffalo Sponsors

School of Architecture and Planning
The School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo is committed to fostering inclusion, equity, and justice within our school, and within the fields of architecture, urban planning and real estate development.

Office of Inclusive Excellence (VPIX)
The mission of the VPIX is to promote excellence in all aspects of UB’s operations by facilitating processes that remove barriers to access and advancement on the basis of race, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or veteran status for students, faculty and staff.

Gender Institute
The Gender Institute promotes research and teaching related to women, gender, and sexuality. Dedicated to advancing women's and LGBTQ leadership, vision, and influence, supports scholarship on the connections between gender and other social forces, such as sexuality, race, class, health, age, religion, and place.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Alliance (LGBTA)
LGBTA establishes a safe space on campus to facilitate understanding among all students and provides an organization sympathetic to concerns regarding the LGBTQIA+ community. 

The Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA)
The IDEA Center is a globally recognized center of excellence for research, education, and design innovation, committed to creating and implementing inclusive design policies, practices, environments, and products. 

LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association
The mission of the University at Buffalo LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association is to contribute to and support a welcoming and inclusive university community for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer faculty and staff through education, networking and advocacy.

Community Sponsors

Evergreen Health, Buffalo NY
Evergreen Health fosters healthy communities by providing medical, supportive and behavioral services to individuals and families in Western New York – especially those who are living with chronic illness or who are underserved by the healthcare system.

AIA approved continuing education logo.

The School of Architecture and Planning is an AIA CES Approved Provider. This course is AIA CES Registered and approved for 1 Learning Unit (LU).

Pride Center of Western New York
Pride Center of Western New York, Inc. (PCWNY) works with the community to make Western New York a safe, healthy, and satisfying place for LGBTQ people to live, work and establish their families.

Published November 15, 2023