PCHR responds to pending bill on gender-neutral bathrooms

PCHR Executive Director Rue Landau commented on a bill being advanced by City Councilman Mark Squilla that would make single-stall bathrooms in the city gender-neutral:

“We thank Councilman Mark Squilla and applaud City Council for taking up a bill that would establish and affirm gender-neutral status for single-stall bathrooms. It’s a provision that addresses both access and quality of life issues for residents and visitors alike.

“We have found that something as basic as heading to the bathroom can be a source of great angst and consternation for many – be they transgender men or women or people assisting older or disabled family and friends.

“By the simple act of removing a particular label from a single-use stall, there is an opportunity to replace shame and embarrassment with respect and dignity. It’s an easy, largely cost-neutral move that would reap considerable relief and rewards and further cement Philadelphia as a progressive and welcoming place for all.”

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