First gender-neutral public restroom opens in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The city of San Diego Thursday unveiled its first gender-neutral restroom inside a public facility — the University Heights branch library.

The restroom is the first step in the city’s compliance with new state law, which requires that all single-user toilet facilities in businesses or public places be made gender-neutral by March 1.

The law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in September, also calls for local officials to inspect such facilities for code compliance.

"Now more than ever, I am proud that the city of San Diego continues to be a leader and a champion for equality and inclusion,” said Councilman Todd Gloria, who represents the area.

"Today’s designation of gender-neutral restrooms demonstrates our city’s unwavering commitment to the basic rights, respect, and dignity of all people,” Gloria said. "More importantly, from this day forward, all of our public single-user restroom facilities will be more safe and accessible for all people.”

City officials installed signs designating the library restroom as available to both sexes at an event attended by Gloria, city Human Rights Commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez and Connor Maddocks, of the San Diego LGBT Community Center and transgender community activist Lily Rubenstein.

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