Democrat Calls for Gender Neutral Bathrooms at the Capitol

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Two of the highest-ranking Democrats in Congress have called for gender-neutral bathrooms to be installed in the Capitol building.

Assistant Speaker of the House of Representatives Katherine Clark (D-MA), and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) sent a letter to the House Administration Committee Wednesday pushing the Committee to support efforts to install single-occupancy restrooms in the House of Representatives and the office buildings in which Congresspeople and their staff work. Clark and Jeffries said that installing the bathrooms is critical for both tour groups and Capitol staff who identify as transgender.

“All employees, interns, and visitors should have access to safe and comfortable restrooms,” Clark and Jeffries wrote. “For members of the transgender, gender nonconforming and disability communities, that often means the availability of single stall or single-occupancy restrooms. As lawmakers, we can more effectively represent our constituents when our staff and interns reflect the diversity of the American people. However, absent improvements, we in Congress are limiting our ability to hire and retain individuals who belong to these communities. Additionally, following the resuming of the Capitol and House buildings to public tours and meetings – ensuring the American people coming to visit their elected leaders have access to appropriate facilities is critical for living up to our obligations as The People’s House.”

In addition to transgender visitors and staff, installing single-occupancy bathrooms would benefit individuals with disabilities, individuals with caretakers of the opposite sex, and families, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the International Building Code, the Democratic leaders added.

Read more at The Daily Wire 

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