Target: Michael Bullock of the Austin City Council
Goal: Require single-stall public restrooms in Austin, Texas to be gender neutral
For most people, using the restroom in public does not require much thought; however, for many trans and gender queer people, it is a difficult and stressful decision. If others believe an individual is using the ‘wrong’ bathroom, he or she may face embarrassment, confrontation, or violence. Both the unnecessary stress and the potential for confrontation can be avoided entirely by offering gender neutral bathrooms in public spaces that already have single-stall facilities. Encourage the city of Austin to change city regulations to require single-stall public restrooms to be gender neutral and help gender queer individuals feel comfortable in public spaces.
Requiring single-stall bathrooms to be unisex will alleviate the difficult decision of which bathroom to use for trans and gender queer people, and will not change anything for the general public. Many other cities, such as Portland, Oregon and Washington D.C. have already adopted similar plans successfully and without issue. In fact, some Austin businesses, such as Epoch Coffee, have already implemented unisex single stall restrooms and report no problems. As the capitol city, Austin has the opportunity to lead the rest of the state and be among the first cities in the country to make spaces safer for all humans.
This resolution does not affect multi-stall bathrooms, nor does it require any costly changes be made to the structure of existing bathrooms. The only thing that would change is the sign indicating “men” or “women” and possibly an amendment to the city codes regarding public restrooms. This change also benefits parents with children who may need assistance in the restroom, as well as people with disabilities who may have a caregiver who is of a different gender.
Dear City Council Member Bullock,
It is imperative that you vote to support the measure to require gender-neutral single-stall bathrooms in Austin. This is not simply an issue of political correctness; this change will positively impact parents of young children, care-givers, and individuals who are perceived as not conforming to gender norms. It will not harm anyone, nor will it make anyone ‘uncomfortable.’
Dismissing this issue is irresponsible and transphobic. Voting to implement this change can only benefit the citizens of the city you serve. Be a leader among U.S. cities and make your public spaces more comfortable for all.
[Your Name Here]
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