'All gender' single-use restroom bill goes to governor

Businesses, government buildings would make single-occupancy restrooms available to all genders

California businesses and state government buildings may be required to make single-occupancy restrooms available to all genders starting next year if a bill authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) is signed into law.

The state Assembly on Monday passed Assembly Bill 1732 with a 57-18 vote following a 28-7 Senate vote last Thursday.

If signed into law, the bill could establish the nation's most inclusive restroom access law, according to Ting's office. It would require all single-user toilet facilities in any business, place of public accommodation or government agency to be identified as all-gender facilities.

"This bill sends a simple message that everyone's rights must be respected and protected. It provides a common sense alternative to the hate being enacted in other states," Ting said in a statement, referring to a North Carolina bill that was passed in March requiring people to use public restrooms consistent with their gender at birth.

"Restricting access to single use restrooms defies reason," he said. "It is a basic necessity of life and everyone should get in and out on the same terms.

"By signing this bill, Gov. Jerry Brown can chart a new course for equality that other states should follow," Ting said.

The bill is sponsored by Equality California, the Transgender Law Center and California NOW, according to Ting's office.

"Having restrooms open to all genders will mean less hassle for everyone going about their day and will allow people who don't fit neatly

into expectations of what it looks like to be male or female to use the restroom without fear of harassment," Kris Hayashi, executive director of the Oakland-based Transgender Law Center, said in a statement.

The bill is next headed to Brown for his signature or veto before the end of September. If signed into law, the bill would take effect on March 1, 2017.

Daniel Montes, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by HT
a resident of Danbury Park
on Aug 25, 2016 at 9:24 am

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This is fantastic news! Truly there is no reason that single use restrooms have to state a specific gender since you are in there by yourself. This should make lines restroom lines for women shorter! Ha! In any case, forcing gender distinctions where it is not necessary is obsolete. Remember when we used to say fireman instead of firefighter or stewardess instead of flight attendant?! By just making these seemingly small changes it creates a culture of inclusion, in which our entire community wins. I don't see this new bill harming anyone. I see it benefiting some directly and benefiting all indirectly! Good going!

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Posted by D
a resident of Foothill High School
on Aug 25, 2016 at 10:11 am

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This makes perfect sense. So perfect in fact, that I haven't heard of a single person in all the discussion about restrooms and gender that has a problem with single-occupancy restrooms being for any gender, and I've followed the issue pretty closely. The problem I and many others have had is with any gender being allowed in multiple-stall restrooms and locker rooms, which is what Obama's directive schools required. Even Target has realized this and is putting single-occupancy restrooms in all their stores that don't already have one.

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Posted by bob
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 25, 2016 at 12:58 pm

Ladies, just be aware guys often leave the seat down and miss.

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Posted by tm
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 25, 2016 at 2:19 pm

No complaints? You didn't hear that the apocalypse is upon us? Pay attention! It's all right here:

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Just look at those pictures of chromosomes. It should be obvious that we're all doomed!!


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 25, 2016 at 2:51 pm

I consider myself to be fairly liberal, but I have to say that I preferred the old, simpler days when guys were guys and girls were girls. Maybe I'm just getting too old to keep up with the changes in this world....

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Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 25, 2016 at 8:18 pm

Single use today, multi-use tomorrow. But hey, just go with the flow......

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Posted by Henry
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 25, 2016 at 8:40 pm

Every bathroom I've ever seen in a private home or apartment is available to all genders. I see no reason not to do the same in public settings. Recently visiting Fisherman's Wharf with a couple of grandchildren, a boy 8 and girl 11, they had the opportunity to use their first joint use bathrooms in one of the restaurants. It was a block of 6 adjacent bathrooms. The kids did a slight doubletake waiting for rooms to open and seeing men an women emerge from different ones. The girl used a room vacated by a man. No problems. The most interesting thing was seeing men and women standing next to each other washing their hands, and men standing next to women who were touching up their makeup. In a few months people will wonder why it was ever done differently. Men perhaps will need to be a little more careful, and they'll need to remember to lock the door, but that'll become second nature. This is such a welcome and natural change.

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Posted by Jeff
a resident of Ponderosa
on Aug 26, 2016 at 10:09 am

Np, but who pays for it?

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Posted by mooseturd
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 29, 2016 at 9:43 am

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@Sam, In the good old days the guys were sometimes girls and vice versa. You just didn't know the difference.

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Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Aug 29, 2016 at 9:52 am

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We get to pay for more bathrooms because a teeny portion of our population refuse to accept science and their own biology.

And notice how target implemented this policy VERY quickly. Sales down and a man who proclaimed himself a woman who was caught creeping on girls changes their perspective quickly.

They were warned.

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