March 9, 2016 at 5:05 pm EDT | by Staff reports
De Blasio issues bathroom exec order

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (Photo by Kevin Case; courtesy Flickr)

NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on March 7 issued an executive order that requires city agencies to allow their employees and members of the public to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity.

“Today’s order makes it clear that New York City fully supports the right of every New Yorker to use the single-sex facility consistent with their gender identity,” said de Blasio in a press release. “New York City is the birthplace of the fight for LGBT rights, and we continue to lead in that fight so every New Yorker can live with dignity.”

The press release notes the New York City Commission on Human Rights recently announced that employers, housing providers or those who provide public accommodations can face prosecution under the city’s Human Rights Law if they deny someone access to a restroom based on their gender identity. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order that effectively prohibits anti-trans discrimination in New York State took effect in January.

Gay New York City Council members Corey Johnson and Rosie Mendez are among those who attended the ceremony during which de Blasio signed his order.

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