If you’re wondering why West Hollywood businesses are making their single-stall restrooms gender-neutral, Drian Juarez offers an explanation in the moving and informative video above. It was created by the city’s Public Information Division in cooperation with Buzzfeed Video.
Juarez is program manager for the Transgender Economic Empowerment project at the LA LGBT Center and chair of West Hollywood’s Transgender Advisory Board. The City Council last June passed an ordinance requiring that single-stall public restrooms be gender-neutral. The conversion began in January, with businesses having 60 days to complete it.
The new ordinance benefits a number of different users including transgender and gender non-conforming people, people with disabilities or with personal attendants, people with children of a different gender and those who have waited in line for a gender-specific restroom when a restroom for a gender for which they don’t identify remained empty. West Hollywood is the first city in California to enact such a law.