SPECTRUM is Waterloo Region’s first ever LGBTQ / Rainbow community space! Through SPECTRUM you can access programming, a DVD library, and other resources, as well as participate in social groups, special projects, and events. Their mission is to be "a volunteer-based LGBTQ community venue that is sustainable, supportive, positive and a safe space for people of all ages in the Waterloo Region. By providing resources, information, rainbow-related events, and programming, SPECTRUM will work together with partners and allies to ensure a strong and inclusive community."
One of the things SPECTRUM is involved in is a gender neutral washrooms survey/map in Waterloo Region. Since individuals who do not clearly conform to the gender with which they identify are far more likely to encounter hostility or violence when using public washrooms, an interactive map has been created that identifies gender neutral washrooms in the region. You can still add to the map as well. As I have stated previously, many things we put in place to support a particular segment of our population, often benefits the larger population. I believe this proves true again with this map. I know many families, especially those with younger children, would love to know where the closest 'family-style' washrooms are when out and about. This map identifies the type of washroom facility at each mapped location. It definitely seems like this is a great resource for many folks! #365ofgoodWR