New York City Council has passed legislation that requires all publicly accessible single-occupant bathrooms to be gender neutral, reports DNAinfo. The bill, passed on Tuesday, will require institutions to remove gender-specific signs from their single-occupant bathrooms and replace them with signage that appropriately indicates they may be used by all.
Sponsored by Councilman Daniel Dromm, the bill passed 47-2 and is awaiting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature. In a statement, Dromm declared, "Most New Yorker’s take their unfettered access to bathrooms for granted. Yet every single day, transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals must grapple with the fact that their choices may lead to harassment or worse."
This follows up with a recent push in setting laws in place that will protect against gender identity discrimination. Mayor de Blasio recently signed an executive order mandating that municipal buildings provide access to restrooms that align with the gender in which they identify. That executive order was reaffirmed through a government-led public advertising campaign.
The new bill will go into effect on January 1, 2017. Single-sex multiple stall restrooms will not be affected.