City may re­quire uni­sex re­strooms

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION -

New York City of­fi­cials are ready­ing a plan that would re­quire busi­nesses to con­vert some re­strooms to gen­der- neu­tral fa­cil­i­ties.

Leg­is­la­tion is be­ing in­tro­duced that would re­quire pub­licly avail­able, sin­gle- oc­cu­pancy re­strooms in both public and pri­vate build­ings to be des­ig­nated as gen­derneu­tral.

It would also amend the lan­guage of some city laws, in­clud­ing the plumb­ing code, which re­quires sep­a­rate lava­to­ries for men and women.

“This is a very im­por­tant is­sue,” said New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, whose of­fice is re­leas­ing a re­port Fri­day rec­om­mend­ing the changes. “It’s time to help in­di­vid­u­als who iden­tify as trans­gen­der to use the bath­room with­out fear of con­se­quence.”

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