New York City Council approved a law requiring single-stall public bathrooms to be gender-neutral, in a show of support for transgender people.
The council voted 47-2 Tuesday for the measure, which will take effect Jan. 1, Reuters reported.
Many New York City restaurants already mark their single-stall bathrooms without gender designations or as appropriate for both sexes, but the new law is meant to make the practice standard and recognize transgender people, councilman Daniel Dromm, the bill’s main sponsor, said.
“This sends a message that New York City supports the transgender community and understands the issue,” Dromm said.
A law passed by North Carolina that requires people to use the public bathroom matching their gender assigned at birth rather than the gender by which they identify themselves triggered wide criticism and led a parade of celebrity performers to boycott the state.
Dromm said the New York City measure was also a nod to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people following the June 12 Orlando massacre at a gay nightclub that killed 49 people, noting how the issue has galvanized people.
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