De Blasio Signs Bill Allowing Use Of Bathrooms, Locker Rooms Based On Gender Identity

New York City has enacted a regulation that ensures people visiting city facilities can use restrooms or locker rooms aligned with their gender identity.This being a couple months after I settle my case with the NYC Parks Department from 2013. It’s no surprise that I got calls from many members of the Press from City Hall, wondering where I was. Well, guess who the Mayor’s people “forgot” to invite? (Bryan J. Ellicott)

This Executive Order is a step in the right direction Mr. Mayor. However until you have been discriminated against…and than forgotten about this feels like a battle I fought for no reason. I say that because of the hours of questions and requests for information about my life that I suffered before settling my case.

Way to Go Mayor De Blasio, you  forgot the transguy from Staten Island. When it already feels like half the time the borough LGBT or Not falls on deaf ears

Let’s read about what this Executive Order does.

However until you have been discriminated against…and than forgotten about this feels like a battle I fought for no reason.  Way to Go Mayor De Blasio, forgot the transguy from Staten Island. Let’s read about what this Executive Order does.

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order on Monday that guarantees people access to single-sex facilities consistent with their gender identity at city facilities, including offices, pools and recreation centers, without the need to show identification or any other proof of gender. The move comes amid a continuing national debate over anti-discrimination laws.

The new regulations apply to all city-owned buildings, including city offices, public parks, playgrounds, pools, recreation centers and certain museums. It doesn’t require agencies to build new single-stall restroom or locker room facilities, but instead enforces that all individuals, including those who are transgender or gender non-conforming, are free to use single-sex facilities consistent with their gender identity, city officials said.

The order does not apply to the city’s public schools because there already is a policy that students must be allowed to use locker rooms or restrooms consistent with their gender identity. A bill currently pending before the City Council would require publicly available, single-occupancy restrooms in both public and private buildings to be designated as gender-neutral.

An estimated 25,000 transgender or gender non-conforming people live in New York City, officials said. De Blasio’s executive order went into effect immediately after it was signed on Monday.

“New York City is the birthplace of the fight for LGBT rights, and we continue to lead in that fight so every New Yorker can live with dignity,” de Blasio said.

Nearly all of the nation’s 20 largest cities, including New York City, have local or state nondiscrimination laws that allow transgender people to use whatever bathroom they identify with, though a debate has raged around the topic nationwide.

Houston voters defeated an ordinance in the fall that would have established nondiscrimination protections for gay and transgender people. Last week, South Dakota’s governor vetoed a bill that would have made the state the first in the U.S. to approve a law requiring transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their sex at birth.

 

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