San Francisco is poised to take a step toward common sense, as legislation introduced by Supervisor David Campos to make all single-occupancy restrooms within the city all-gender was approved in committee yesterday. So reports KRON 4, which further notes that if it becomes law, the legislation will require business owners to change signage on the bathrooms as well as mandate the inclusion of all-gender restrooms in future developments.
If approved by the full Board of Supervisors, the new law would provide protection for gender non-conforming and transgender individuals who just want to pee in peace. It also obviously stands in stark contrast to a recently approved North Carolina law that, according to New York Magazine, bars people from using bathrooms that don't match the gender on their birth certificate.
"I know we are on the right side of history,” KRON 4 reports Campos as noting. When he introduced the legislation this past January, the Bay Area Reporter reports Campos as further explaining that this is "something that should have been done many, many years ago."
"Transgender and gender-nonconforming people frequently experience harassment in toilet facilities," BAR reports a draft of the legislation as reading. "Required use of gender-specific toilet facilities can create unnecessary risk that leads to transgender and gender-nonconforming people being denied access, being verbally harassed, or physically assaulted in these facilities. These experiences, in turn, impact one's education, employment, health, and participation in public life."
Similar legislation is making its way through Sacramento, as KRON 4 notes that San Francisco Assemblyman Phil Ting introduced a bill last month that would require single-occupancy restrooms in public spaces, businesses, and government buildings be designated as all-gender.