De Blasio declares transgenders can use any public bathroom and locker room they identify with.
Washington Times reports that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday issued an executive order granting people access to the public facilities that correspond with their gender identity.
[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Statement from Joseph Backholm, Ex. Dir. Of Family Policy Institute: “Transgender people have the right to go to the bathroom. But everybody else in the state of New York or the city of New York or whatever state we’re in, they all have legal rights to privacy that are real. Transgenders are not the only people whose rights should be protected.”[/pullquote]
“We want people to know they can go about their lives and not be excluded,” Mr. de Blasio said during a press conference at the Chelsea Recreation Center. “That’s why this is so important. This is about affirming the right of someone to follow through on their own identity.”
The law will allow transgender people to use public bathrooms and locker rooms of the opposite sex.
Citing the city’s prominent place in the gay rights movement, Mr. de Blasio said New Yorkers have an “obligation” to lead the nation with regard to transgender equality.
“New York City is the birthplace of the fight for LGBT rights, and we continue to lead in that fight so every New Yorker can live with dignity,” Mr. de Blasio said.
The order requires all city-owned buildings — including schools, city offices and gyms — to allow people to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of the gender with which they identify. Public schools in New York City were already required to allow students to use the facilities on that basis.
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