St. Paul expanding gender-neutral bathrooms

“I think that this is one small, but really important step."

Edgar Linares
June 20, 2018 - 6:52 pm

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In effort to become more "welcoming and inclusive" the St. Paul City Council approved a measure on Wednesday that would expand gender-neutral bathrooms at city-owned and city-operated buildings.

“I think that this is one small, but really important step to showing that we value every single member of our community, no matter how you identify, no matter who you love, no matter who you are,” said City Council Member Rebecca Noecker. Noecker is one of six co-sponsors of the resolution that passed with no opposition.

The change means single-stall restrooms labeled “men” and “women” will soon be open to either gender.

The city will also incorporate at least one gender-neutral restroom in all city-owned and city-operated buildings, and create a gender-neutral restroom in city buildings where no current single-user restrooms exist.

City leaders are also strongly encouraging business owners and operators of all other public and private buildings in Saint Paul to update the designation of current single-stall restrooms to be gender-neutral.