West Hollywood promises relief for all with gender-neutral toilets

By Junior Mayema,

Gender non-conformism and transgenderism the next human rights challenge of our time, people are being forced to use one pronoun at a time or to undergo reassignment surgery or sterilization in order to identity from male to female or female to male or else you have 0 place  in an hetero-normative gender binary society, that is  why toilets like these ones are really needed because sometime, we get confused which one to go in since our gender goes beyond male and female:

West Hollywood promises relief for all with gender-neutral toilets

Few places can be lonelier on a raucous Saturday night than the women’s toilets in Boys Town, the lively row of gay bars, clubs and restaurants along Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood.

While the lines for the men’s rooms can be overwhelming, the women’s stalls are almost always there for the taking – and almost nobody, remarkably, disobeys the signs.

Then again, on lesbian night at The Abbey, the large indoor-outdoor bar and club regularly named the greatest gay hangout in the world, the problem is often reversed.

To this problem of gender logistics, however, there now comes a solution. A new ordinance abolishing sex distinctions on all single-stall bathrooms in the city of West Hollywood went into effect on Thursday. And while businesses have another 60 days to comply, many of them have changed their signage already.

Ostensibly, the rule change was made at the request of the city’s sizeable transgender community, whose members say they can feel uncomfortable choosing one stall over another because it is tantamount to being outed and can pose security risks.

West Hollywood, which is southern California’s unofficial LGBT capital, is not only an independent city within the metropolitan blur of Los Angeles but also boasts a transgender advisory board, one of the few of its kind nationwide, which promoted the legislation last year in response to the beating of a transgendered student on the campus of California State University in Long Beach, 30 miles to the south.

The city says, however, that the new legislation had multiple intentions: to help “gender non-conforming people”, people with disabilities who may have an attendant of a different sex and – addressing the West Hollywood nightlife problem – those waiting in line for one bathroom when another bathroom is lying idle.

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“Gender-specific restrooms can be unwelcoming and potentially unsafe for many people,” the city explained in a statement. “Shifting from gender-specific single-stall restrooms to gender-neutral ones is a simple and low-cost way to help ensure that facilities in the City of West Hollywood and welcoming and open to all people.”

Heidi Shink, a local LGBT activist expected to run soon for city council, said the law showed West Hollywood once again acting as a leader of progressive policy. “The importance of it is that we make our residents and visitors feel comfortable,” she said. “West Hollywood is a city of acceptance in ways that many cities aren’t across the country. We pride ourselves in it.”

The law is a first for a California city, but not for the United States as a whole. Austin, the Texas capital, which also has a thriving gay and lesbian population, passed a gender-neutral bathroom law last year. Philadelphia passed a similar ordinance in 2013, and Washington DC has had one on the books since 2006, although it has been poorly enforced.

The University of California is introducing gender-neutral bathrooms across its 10 campuses and has begun experimenting with mixed-sex dorms, in response to gay and lesbian students who say they often feel more comfortable sharing a dorm room with someone of the opposite sex.

The new West Hollywood ordinance does not cover all eventualities. Some of the larger clubs, including The Abbey, have multiple-stall toilets and are not obliged to make changes. And there is no guarantee that the age-old friction between men and women about toilet use will go away now they are sharing them in public.

As the local newsletter WeHoVille admonished this week: “Gentlemen, remember to lower that toilet seat.”

Austin’s gender-neutral bathroom rules go into effect

http://kxan.com/2015/01/16/austins-gender-neutral-bathroom-rules-go-into-effect/

“My son wears princess dresses,” A Christian mom on raising her gender nonconforming child – See more at: http://elielcruz.religionnews.com/2015/01/16/son-wears-princess-dresses-christian-mom-raising-gender-nonconforming-child/#sthash.zEA4FxRb.dpuf

And the United Nations Secretary general is speaking out against these prejudice this is what he stated recently :

I am also pleased that the [recently launched five-year Development] Plan places human rights at the centre of policy making. I have encouraged President Sánchez Cerén to continue working to strengthen the human rights of women, children, the LGBT community and indigenous peoples and to beef up institutions to end impunity,” he said.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=49823

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