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Washington Adopts New Transgender and Locker Room Policies

Posted on: January 15, 2016

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Washingtonians now have the freedom to use restrooms and locker rooms based on self identity, rather than anatomy.

A day after Christmas, the state’s Human Rights Commission quietly adopted a set of new policies regarding transgender individuals using sex-specific facilities. The new rules make it illegal for business owners (which applies to businesses with eight or more employees) to limit sex-specific facilities including bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms to people with the anatomical parts of one sex. Schools should also “allow students to use the restroom that is consistent with their gender identity” and give transgender students “access to the locker room that corresponds to their gender identity.” If students express concern about sharing sex-specific facilities with transgender individuals, the policy states that students “should be directed to a separate or gender neutral facility, if available.”

Transgender bathroom use rights have been a hot topic for some time now. In June of 2015, 16-year-old transgender student Gavin Grimm filed a federal lawsuit against Cloucester County Public Schools over its restroom use policy.

“To my knowledge, this is the first time in the country that there’s been a statewide effort to mandate all public accommodations cooperate with the gender identity concept that somebody declares,” says Joseph Backholm, executive director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington. “This is the next step in this war on gender,” he told The Daily Signal.

These “regulations aren’t introducing a new right, but clarifying a 2006 state law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity,” The Seattle Times reported.

The Washington State Human Rights Commission have yet posted the final rules online. The commission also could not be reached for comment.

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1 Response to "Washington Adopts New Transgender and Locker Room Policies"

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