Marblehead YMCA Replacing Boys’ and Girls’ Locker Rooms With Gender-Neutral ‘Universal Locker Room’

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Boys’ and girls’ locker rooms will soon be a thing of the best past at the Marblehead YMCA.

That’s because the Y is eliminating those locker rooms, as well as its existing family locker rooms, to create what it calls a universal locker room.

“The Universal Locker Room will replace the existing boys, girls, and family locker rooms, offering a state-of-the-art space designed to cater to the diverse needs of our valued members. This enhancement will create a more inclusive, efficient, and enjoyable facility for everyone,” said the Marblehead Y, which is also known as the Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA, in a written statement.



A YMCA employee told NewBostonPost on Friday that the change will have no impact on the men’s and women’s locker rooms for adults, but merely the children’s and family locker rooms.

The employee said there would be many private rooms within the locker room for people to change, use the bathroom, and shower, rather than an open space where boys and girls would be expected to change their clothing in front of one another. 

The employee also said that the universal changing room will have single-person showers and toilets in private rooms and ample changing space so that a person can change without exiting the private room.

Currently, branch officials are unsure when the locker room renovations will be completed. The employee said the location is in the feedback phase, so it has not started the renovation process yet. 

Other YMCA locations across the country have replaced their children’s and family locker rooms with universal locker rooms, news reports reveal. Such locations include, among others, YMCAs in Doylestown, Pennsylvania; Danville, Virginia; Ithaca, New York; Brentwood, Tennessee; and Burlington, Vermont.

A press spokesman for the Marblehead YMCA could not be immediately reached for comment Friday.


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