White House Makes History with Gender-Neutral Bathroom

The White House takes another step on behalf of the LGBT community.

Transgender Bathroom
AP Photo/Toby Talbot

Usually when someone has to go to the bathroom, they choose men, women, or family. And then, gender re-assignment entered into the fray.

What’s a person to do?

The White House has solved that problem and created a historic precedent in what many are see as a symbolic move on LGBT right with a gender-neutral bathroom.

While this isn’t a novel concept (as seen in the picture above taken from the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt.), it is a huge story because a bathroom like this has never had an address as prestigious as 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

“The White House allows staff and guests to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity, which is in keeping with the Administration’s existing legal guidance on this issue and consistent with what is required by the Executive Order that took effect today for federal contractors,” White House spokesman Jeff Tiller told CNN.

In addition, an all-gender restroom is also available in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which provides guests and staff an additional option.”

This administration has created some unprecedented positive mojo for LGBT inclusion, such using the word “transgender” in the 2015 State of the Union. Medicare will cover gender re-assignment surgery as of last year, and two days ago when Obama called for an end to “conversion therapy” practices that seek to change the sexual orientation of gay, lesbian and transgender youth.

Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said:

“It is heartening to see that, even if legislators in some states are attacking the dignity and humanity of transgender and gender non-conforming people, at least the White House is still moving in the direction of dignity and common sense.”

No word yet from the right side of the aisle, but it’s coming.

Let’s enjoy this news distraction-free while it lasts.