De Blasio Signs Executive Order: All City Bathrooms, Male or Female, Open to Anybody

Prediction: Longer lines at the women's restroom.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order Monday taking all gender restrictions off of city-owned bathrooms -- meaning anyone, male or female, can enter any bathroom, for male or female, at city playgrounds, pools, or offices without worry or hesitation and will never have to show an ID to prove your identity.

“Access to bathrooms and other single-sex facilities is a fundamental human right that should not be restricted or denied to any individual,” the mayor said. “Every New Yorker should feel safe in our city and this starts with our city’s buildings.” Except women, apparently, who now must share public restrooms with strange men. That must make them feel very safe.

On Facebook, de Blasio posted a message proclaiming an end to discrimination:

 

 

In New York City, we value diversity. We welcome everyone. We respect the rights of all—regardless of religion,...

Posted by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday, March 7, 2016

 

The Associated Press reports that the bill "doesn't require agencies to build new single-stall restroom or locker room facilities, but instead enforces that all individuals, including those who are transgender or gender non-conforming, are free to use single-sex facilities consistent with their gender identity."

The report goes on to say that public schools are exempt from the new law, but only because there is already a policy at NYC schools that allow use of locker rooms and bathrooms no matter a person's gender identity.

With a population of over 8 million, the new law effects an estimated 25,000 gender non-conformists, including transgender individuals, which is .3% of the total population.

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