New York City officials are getting ready to issue a plan to curb gender bias and harassment in the city by requiring businesses to convert some restrooms to gender-neutral facilities.
A bill is being introduced that would require publicly available single-occupancy restrooms in both public and private buildings to be designated as gender-neutral. The legislation 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.”