Executive Order Protects Transgender Rights
Transgender and gender nonconforming individuals can now feel more comfortable using public restrooms in the city thanks to an Executive Order signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio. The order ensures New Yorkers will now have access to the bathrooms that match their gender identity. Sean Coleman, a transgender man, praised the Mayor and remembered the times he would avoid using public restrooms for fear of being turned away.
"As someone who at one point would not stay out for more than four hours for fear of not having access to public accomodations, should they be needed, I understand the impact of this Executive Order," Coleman said.
The order applies to all restrooms in government owned buildings, and protects individuals from being asked to prove their gender identity by showing a driver's license or ID card.