Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Gender-neutral single-stall restrooms now required in West Hollywood

Gender neutral restrooms are becoming more common in cities across America (Los Angeles Times)
By HAILEY BRANSON-POTTScontact the reporter

New West Hollywood law will require gender-neutral restrooms
West Hollywood gender-neutral restroom aimed at keeping transgender people safer

A West Hollywood law requiring all single-stall restrooms in businesses and public places to be gender-neutral will go into effect this week.

The law, which will have no impact on multiple-stall restrooms, mandates that any facility designed for use by no more than one person not be restricted to a specific sex or gender identity by signage, design or installation of fixtures.

Businesses and public facilities will have 60 days to comply by replacing existing signs on the exterior of single-stall restrooms to indicate that they are gender neutral and make any needed changes to make them accessible to all people.

The law, which takes effect Thursday, is intended to make public restrooms more welcoming and safer for transgender and gender non-conforming people, people with disabilities or with personal attendants and for people with children of a different gender, according to city officials.