News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

St Asaph Cathedral
UK News

Wales cathedral installs gender-neutral toilets

The nine new cubicles - which feature floor-to-ceiling doors - were added as part of an extension and redevelopment of the landmark costing £300,000.

Church in Wales

Steward, John Solbe told Premier: "As a steward, [I believe] our mission for the cathedral is a mission of welcome.

 "We respect all people who come to the cathedral and we welcome everybody; we want them to be comfortable."

Leaders say the lavatories have already been "well received" by members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, queer, intersex and asexual communities.

They have also been welcomed by fathers needing privacy when taking their children to the toilet and people who need the help of a carer, according the bosses.

Mr Soble added: "We put it [the idea] to the cathedral council - that was important - and there was a unanimous decision that this was the way to go."

Mr Soble explained that the new toilets were a more appropriate use of space, and a preferable alternative to needing to use portaloos for large events.

Dean of St Asaph Cathedral, the Very Rev Nigel Williams said: "St Asaph Cathedral is delighted to be leading the way in inclusive, accessible facilities for all visitors to the Cathedral.

"We hold a lot of large scale concerts and events so having as many cubicles as possible for both men and women was very important in the plans for our extension."

A new tea room and community meeting space are due to open later this year at the landmark, which is the oldest cathedral in Wales.

Click here to listen to Premier's Cara Bentley speaking with John Soble:

Stay up to date with the latest news stories from a Christian perspective. Sign up to our daily newsletter and receive more stories like this straight to your inbox every morning.

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us
Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email