New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has reportedly signed an executive order to allow transgender individuals to use the restroom corresponding to their gender identity in all city-owned buildings and properties.
Charisma News reports the order applies to city agencies offices, public parks, pools, playgrounds, and some museums and recreation centers.
De Blasio said, "Every New Yorker should feel safe and welcome in our city – and this starts with our city buildings. Access to bathrooms and other single-sex facilities is a fundamental human right that should not be restricted or denied to anyone.”
According to Christian Today, New York City is home to about 25,000 transgender individuals and gender non-conforming individuals.
De Blasio said that the order "makes it clear that New York City fully supports the right of every New Yorker to use the single-sex facility consistent with their gender identity.”
City agencies now have three months to post the new policy in visible locations by the restrooms. All city employees must be trained with the policy within two years.
Publication date: March 10, 2016