Target: West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico
Goal: Praise West Hollywood, California for making all single-occupancy bathrooms gender neutral.
Transgender people often face daily discrimination, misgendering, and abuse. West Hollywood, California is taking steps to make the world a little more accepting by doing away with gender designations for single-occupancy bathrooms. By mid-March, the city’s single-occupancy bathrooms will all be gender neutral. This is a big step forward, as a study in Washington D.C. revealed that 70 percent of trans people had been verbally harassed in a public restroom, 18 percent had been denied access, and 10 percent had experienced physical violence. While this doesn’t address pervasive harmful attitudes toward transgender people, it does help to end some of the daily discrimination they face.
This law only addresses single-occupancy bathrooms, which means that bathrooms with multiple stalls can still have gender designations. Gender-neutral bathrooms eliminate some potential for harassment as intolerant people have no cause to interrogate transgender people about their gender based on which bathroom they prefer. This is a great step toward making the world safer and more comfortable for transgender people, and it’s hoped that small steps like this one will help improve tolerance overall.
West Hollywood isn’t the first city to implement required gender-neutral bathrooms—Washington D.C. passed a similar law in 2006, and as of 2013, Philadelphia requires all newly renovated or constructed buildings to have a single-occupancy gender-neutral bathroom in place. Celebrating this decision on the part of West Hollywood is a great way to encourage other cities to follow suit. Please show your support for the city’s move toward greater acceptance and safety for transgender people by signing this petition.
Dear Mayor D’Amico,
By passing a law that will make all single-occupancy bathrooms into gender-neutral bathrooms, West Hollywood is making great strides toward making the world a safer and more tolerant place for transgender people. While this doesn’t eliminate all of the discrimination and abuse that transgender people experience on a daily basis, it does help prevent some of the potential intolerance from using public restrooms.
By passing this law, West Hollywood is leading the way for other cities to do the same. A study of transgender people in Washington D.C. showed that 70 percent experienced verbal harassment in a public restroom, 18 percent had been denied access, and 10 percent had experienced physical violence. Creating gender-neutral bathrooms allows transgender people to use the bathroom without the fear of others interrogating them about their choice. While it doesn’t end all discrimination, it is a small step toward improving acceptance and quality of life for transgender people in the area.
Thank you for committing to making West Hollywood a more tolerant place. This decision will hopefully encourage other cities to do the same, and we thank you for being one of several cities to lead the way to a more accepting future for transgender people.
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