"Vermont Dems pushing for extreme gender-neutral bathroom bill." 3. He said: "Supporters of the bill say transforming gender-specific single-stall bathrooms into gender-neutral facilities would cost very little money and provide all of Vermont's citizens and visitors with access to safe bathrooms." 3. NBC news covered the hearing:
In another progressive victory in a New England state, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has signed into law a bill mandating that all single-user public restrooms in the state be marked as gender-neutral.
A bathroom bill is the common name for legislation or a statute that defines access to public toilets by gender (restrooms)—or transgender individual.Bathroom bills affect access to sex-segregated public facilities for an individual based on a determination of their sex as defined in some specific way—such as their sex as assigned at birth, their sex as listed on their birth certificate
NCSL tracks the latest state legislative activity relating to bathroom bills.This page has information on all states that have introduced bathroom bill legislation, as well as an overview of recent federal action, including: the May 2016 "Dear Colleague Letter from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
"Vermont has a well-earned reputation for embracing equality and being inclusive," Scott said as he signed the bill into law at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier. "Two years ago, when I was running for governor, I was asked in a debate whether I would support gender neutral bathrooms in public places or not," Scott said.
Forcing transgender people to use private or separate bathrooms is not the solution. Offering separate or private bathrooms is a great way to ensure anyone can feel comfortable when they go to the bathroom, whether or not they're transgender. However, private bathrooms may be unavailable or very inconvenient to access.