Hoboken’s City-Owned, Single-Occupancy Restrooms to Be Declared ‘Gender Neutral’
No men’s room, no women’s room—just bathroom.
Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla will announce on Wednesday that the City will issue an executive order making all city-owned single occupancy restrooms gender neutral.
All city-owned single-occupancy restrooms will be changed to reflect this change by May 31, 2018—on the eve of June’s LGBT Pride Month.
“Former Mayor Zimmer took a step in the right direction last year when she announced that people could use the public restrooms that most closely matched their gender identity,” said Bhalla. “This next step is meant to further protect the civil rights and dignity of our transgender, gender non-binary, and queer residents and visitors, but this is just the start. I will continue to introduce progressive and inclusive policies to protect all residents.”
hMAG asked the City exactly how many city-owned single-occupancy restrooms will be modified as a result of this executive order. No answer yet*, as further details—including the text of the order as well as next steps—will be discussed at the Wednesday press conference.
*UPDATE: According to a City spokesman, “There are two restrooms in City Hall this would impact.”