The San Francisco Board of Supervisors today unanimously passed legislation that will designate single-user restrooms in the city as all-gender. The law, which was introduced in January by Supervisor David Campos, will go into effect in July. Similar statewide legislation brought by California Assemblymember Phil Ting also cleared a hurdle today, passing out of the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions.
“By passing this law, the most comprehensive of its kind in the country, the Board of Supervisors is helping to ensure that all San Franciscans can use the bathroom without fear of harassment or discrimination,” said Kris Hayashi, Executive Director of the Transgender Law Center, who helped craft the legislation.
Other cities that have passed similar laws include Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Austin, Seattle, Santa Fe, and New York City. While transgender and gender nonconforming people have the legal right to use restrooms that correspond to their gender, this kind of legislation still provides relief for a wide range of people who face harassment or challenges in accessing restrooms.
San Francisco Supervisor David Campos, who authored the legislation, commented: “This law will benefit many people in our community – from parents with opposite gender children, to seniors and disabled people with opposite gender caretakers, to transgender and gender non-conforming people who too often have to face harassment when using the restroom, to women who are sick of the long bathroom lines.”
Transgender Law Center is the leading national organization dedicated to advancing the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming people through litigation, policy advocacy, and public education so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. www.transgenderlawcenter.org