While North Carolina is debating bathroom rules, officials in Long Beach, Calif., unveiled a new gender-neutral restroom sign of its own.
Thanks to a new law that went into effect this month, all single-user restrooms in the city's public buildings and businesses must be adorned with the new triangular bathroom sign, CBS Los Angeles reported. The symbol is a white triangle inside a red circle.
Long Beach's new gender-neutral sign to be installed on all single-user restrooms. https://t.co/3qSaPsATPP https://t.co/AulOXIwX88— CBS Los Angeles (@CBS Los Angeles)1490724574.0
Apparently, the new icon is a sign of inclusivity.
“Providing inclusive, safe, gender-neutral restrooms is an important step forward for Long Beach,” Mayor Robert Garcia, a Democrat, said in a statement. “It is important that all people feel valued and respected as a vital part of our diverse community.”
According to a new California law, which was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) in September and went into effect March 1, every single-user restroom across the state must be made available to people of every gender identity.
The legislation requires businesses and local governments to post non-gender-specific bathroom signs on all single-user restrooms. When it was signed, Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco said the bill would establish the United States’ most inclusive bathroom law and “chart a new course of equality for the nation.”
“This simple concept is oddly cutting-edge when compared with the discrimination being enacted in other states,” he said, according to CBS.
Not everyone, of course, was on board with the new law.
Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com, a nonprofit conservative organization, highlighted potential problems that could arise from a statewide gender-neutral bathroom policy.
“What woman wants a man poking his head in the restroom door that somehow didn’t shut or lock? How many women want to use a urine-stained toilet seat?” he wrote in a letter urging Brown to veto the legislation.
Thomasson also said the bill, which he described as part of a “radical state takeover of the private sector’s restroom policies,” could negatively impact religiously-affiliated schools and businesses.