Following swiftly on the heels of Obama’s transgender bathroom law being blocked by a Texas Judge, California lawmakers have passed an inclusive unisex bathroom bill.
The AB 1732 bill, which is the most inclusive bathroom bill to date, has been passed by both houses of the state legislature and simply awaits a signature from governor brown in order to become law.
If passed, the bill would require that all single occupancy bathrooms in California businesses, government buildings and public accommodation be universally accessible to both genders starting next March.
Assembly member Phil Ting, a Democrat from San Francisco who authored the bill, said: “This bill sends a simple message that everyone’s rights must be respected and protected. It provides a common sense alternative to the hate being enacted in other states.”
“Restricting access to single use restrooms defies reason. It is a basic necessity of life and everyone should get in and out on the same terms. By signing this bill, Governor Jerry Brown can chart a new course for equality that other states should follow.”
Kris Hayashi, Executive Director of Transgender Law Center, also weighed in: “Having restrooms open to all genders will mean less hassle for everyone going about their day, and will allow people who don’t fit neatly into expectations of what it looks like to be male or female to use the restroom without fear of harassment.”
As mentioned at the start of the article, this bill passed in California just as other states seek to block the Obama administration from enforcing bathroom equality in schools and government buildings. Here’s hoping California’s lesson is felt far and wide.