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What New York City’s New Transgender Bathroom Policy Means for the Rest of Us

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“The executive order will make loud and clear that New York City is a city for us all: cisgender, transgender, non-binary.” – Carmelyn Malalis, commissioner of the city Commission on Human Rights

The biggest news in New York City this week is focused on a topic that we don’t typically discuss in polite company: the bathroom.

Namely, the discussion is about who can use what bathroom and where, and the latest push from the mayor’s office is opting towards a much more inclusive plan than many of us are probably used to.

Naturally, with such a move away from the familiar structure of culture de toilette, there has been some major pushback, but is it really warranted?

bathroom split

Source: Twitter @NYMag

Where do you stand (or sit) on this issue?

On Monday, March 7, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order (#16) stating that access to bathrooms and locker rooms in city-owned facilities can not discriminate based on sex or gender.

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Source: Twitter @TimeOutNewYork/ Mayoral Photography Office

This applies to city-owned buildings and properties, such as offices, pools, parks, playgrounds, recreation centers, and some museums. Some public hospitals and housing buildings will also enforce the legislation. It will not apply to schools as there is already a policy which allows students to use facilities based on their gender identity.

The order, effective immediately, is designed to help the estimated 25,000 transgender or gender non-conforming individuals who call New York City home.

In New York City, we value diversity. We welcome everyone. We respect the rights of all—regardless of religion,…

Posted by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday, March 7, 2016

In a Facebook post, de Blasio wrote, “In New York City, we value diversity. We welcome everyone. We respect the rights of all–regardless of religion, immigration status, sexual orientation…or gender identity.

And we do not tolerate discrimination.”

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