California mandates single-user bathrooms become gender-neutral

September 30, 2016
Phil Ting

Phil Ting

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into a law a bill whose author, a San Francisco Democrat, describes as the “nation’s most inclusive restroom access law.” The new law requires all businesses and public facilities that have single-user restrooms to place signage indicating the bathrooms can be used by all genders.

State law defines a single-user restrooms as a bathroom that has no more than one toilet and one urinal with a locking mechanism which the user can control. Businesses and government agencies have until March 1, 2017 to comply with the regulation.

Assemblyman Phil Ting authored AB 1731, in part, as a response to 19 states that he says, in 2016, have considered restricting access to bathrooms and other sex-segregated facilities based on biological sex.

“California is charting a new course for equality,” Ting said in statement following Brown’s signature. “Restricting access to single-user restrooms by gender defies common sense and disproportionately burdens the LGBT community, women and parents or caretakers of dependents of the opposite gender. Bathroom access is a biological need. This law will ensure more safety, fairness and convenience access for everyone.”

Ting also said Brown’s signature of AB 1732 solidifies California’s status at the national leader on transgender rights. In 2013, Brown signed legislation allowing transgender students at public schools to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity. In 2011, Brown signed a bill that added gender identity and gender expression to California’s nondiscrimination laws.


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17 Comments

  1. wolfhound says:

    This is simply another wrongheaded scorched earth departure directive from Obama, & of course Brown is trying to make it happen, but common-sense thinkers will repel it for many good reasons. The repeal has already started.

    The directive is too far-reaching, right into our schools & locker rooms with showers. Undoubtedly many straight-thinking parents (liberals & conservatives alike) object to. It hasn’t worked around the country, or even in Canada.

    Even a grade-school kid came up with a far better idea, by suggesting that all public bathrooms be constructed not unlike ones they use on airliners. That way momma can send in her son or daughter into the bathroom & not worry about anyone (good or bad) being in the bathroom.

    Another big problem it that you can’t legally ask these folk their birth gender, or any question of that nature, lest you get sued.

    The directive is causing more real dangerous problems by bringing the ‘transgender’ debate to the forefront. That will surely bring more out extremest nut-cases to further isolate or even murder some of them as is happening today.

    We are only talking about 3 to 4% of our population, so why not offer more physological treatment for their conditions rather than shocking 96% our children in the shower with a ‘transgender’ person that has not had surgurey with both genes..

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