California Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) announced new legislation, AB 1732, to require single-occupancy restrooms in California businesses, government buildings, and public spaces to be labeled as “all-gender.”
Transgender Law Center joins Equality California, California NOW, and the Golden Gate Restaurant Association in supporting the law. TLC executive director Kris Hayashi said:
“All Californians should have the same freedom to participate in public life, go about their day, and use the bathroom when they need it. By making single-user restrooms accessible to all genders, this law will make life easier for everyone and reduce the harassment regularly experienced by transgender people and others who don’t match people’s stereotypes of what it looks like to be a man or a woman.”
The introduction of the bill comes a week after San Francisco Supervisor David Campos announced new city legislation establishing the most progressive city law around this issue. Other cities requiring all businesses and city buildings to designate single-user restrooms as all-gender include Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Austin, Seattle, Santa Fe, and New York City.
It’s important to note that transgender and gender nonconforming people have the legal right to use restrooms that correspond to their gender. This kind of all-gender restroom legislation, though, is important for many different communities including people with disabilities, gender nonconforming people, people with small children, and women who have had to wait in line for the women’s room when a single-user men’s restroom is open next to it.