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Austin: Unisex bathroom ordinance proposed
In the near future, you may no longer have to wait in line to use the men's or women's room. A proposed city-wide ordinance would make all business, single occupancy bathrooms, "gender neutral."
Some businesses around town already have unisex bathrooms. None of them wanted to talk to FOX 7 on camera, but if this ordinance passes, all businesses will eventually have to adopt the rule if their bathrooms only have one toilet.
For some people, it's not as simple as identifying with the silhouette of a man or woman in a dress.
"We're in regular contact with leaders within the LGBTQ community," Austin City Council member Chris Riley said.
Riley says some members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning community find the faceless figures outside bathroom doors discriminating, forcing them to conform to a gender identity.
"We could easily make those gender neutral and address the concerns that are out there about safety and comfort," Riley said.
Riley is proposing a city ordinance that would make all single-occupancy bathrooms inside businesses free of gender signage. http://www.myfoxaustin.com/story/26342470/unisex-bathroom-ordinance-proposed