All-gender restrooms are added to City buildings
The move will further transgender equity in Minneapolis
All-gender restrooms, facilities anyone can use as an additional option, are now being added to City buildings. They’re part of the City’s efforts to further transgender equity by making sure City policies and services are inclusive of transgender community and staff.
All-gender restrooms are an additional facility option for anyone, including:
- People who are uncomfortable in men’s or women’s rooms for a number of reasons.
- Parents or caregivers of children who are a different gender from them.
- People with caregivers or personal attendants who are a different gender from them.
Over the next few weeks, all-gender restrooms will be added in 44 City facilities, including department offices, fire stations, police precincts, Public Works facilities and City-owned parking ramps. This work involves re-signing and, in some cases, adding security locks to doors to 62 restrooms.
The all-gender restrooms are in addition to the traditional restrooms. Men’s and women’s restrooms will continue to exist in every City facility. Staff and the public will be able to use the restroom corresponding to their gender identities.
City staff are already planning for the next phases of this effort, which will involve making locker room and shower facilities inclusive. Also, as buildings are constructed and remodeled for City use, staff will explore accommodating multi-stall, all-gender restrooms and changing rooms.
Published May 15, 2017