Mayor Walsh Announces Creation Of Gender-Neutral City Hall Restrooms

BOSTON — Mayor Marty Walsh signed an executive order Thursday establishing gender-neutral restrooms in Boston City Hall.

The restrooms are located on the fifth floor, outside the mayor's office and the City Council chamber.

The mayor's office said in a statement that Boston is among the first in New England to create gender-neutral restrooms in its City Hall.

"This change will foster a safe and welcoming environment for employees and visitors," Walsh said in the statement, "and will go a long way as we continue to work towards improving the lives of those who love and call Boston home.”

The statement said the "private, non-gendered stalls" intend to benefit those who are not comfortable using a gender-specific bathroom, someone who has a personal attendant of a different gender, as well as parents or guardians with children of a different gender.

City LGBT liaison Jullieanne Doherty told WBUR the mayor's office is looking to add more gender-neutral bathrooms at City Hall and other municipal properties.

This article was originally published on June 11, 2015.


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