The Degenderator kits were designed primarily to be deployed in the United States, where toilet facilities have become a very politicized topic. Several states and municipalities have proposed laws that restrict, endanger, and humiliate trans people by preventing them from accessing toilet facilities that match their gender. Most of these bills were quickly overturned or repealed, thanks to tireless, ongoing activist efforts. Obviously, the transphobia that drives such restrictions remains pervasive.
Several US states and cities have mandated that all public single occupant restrooms be all gender facilities. California, New Mexico, Vermont, Illinois, Washington DC, New York City, Denver, Seattle, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Austin have laws now, and more laws are passing every month. Based on some rough math, 10 million+ bathrooms have been legally de-gendered in the past 5 years. Compliance with these laws is very low, this project strives to spread awareness to business owners that they are out of compliance, and make it easy for them to fix the issue.
The Degenderator is not the first bathroom sign subversion project, nor do I think it is the best, but I hope that the novelty of the kinetic element will bring attention to the issues and continue dialogues about why all-gender toilet facilities are better for everyone.
For this campaign, I plan to provide the signs free of charge and free of stipulations to any queer or trans* activist or space who requests them. Folks who sign up to receive free Degenderators are welcome to do with them as they wish, ranging from gifting them to LGTBQIA+ spaces to installing them without permission. I personally only condone the sudden de-gendering of single-person toilets, as significant owner cooperation would be required to architecturally convert a multi-stall facility to a safe space for all.