A new law requires public school toilets in California (USA) to be gender neutral by 2026.
California Governor Gavin Newson signed the bill requiring schools from kindergarten through 12th grade to meet this requirement.
“California is proud to have some of the strongest laws in the country when it comes to protecting and supporting our LGBTQ+ community,” Newsom said.
This policy specifies that every school district must have at least one gender-neutral bathroom by July 1, 2026; Therefore, all necessary adjustments must be made.
School restrooms in California must be available to students and staff at all times. In addition, there must be signs indicating that the space is open to all genders.
“These measures will help protect vulnerable young people, promote acceptance and create a more supportive environment in our schools and communities,” the governor said, emphasizing a commitment to inclusion.
The “bathroom law” has sparked controversy
The initiative has sparked controversy in conservative circles, which have rejected the measures recognizing the rights of the LGBTIQ+ community.
California Senator Josh Newman, who supported the project in Congress, welcomed the governor’s decision and emphasized that it was a recognition of this community.
“It was only fair that everyone had access to a toilet without fear of being discovered, intimidated or stigmatized,” he told CNN.
In this way, the Democratic politician hopes that other states will also use this law to protect children and ensure equal rights.
For his part, Equality California Executive Director Tony Hoang said that this aims to improve and protect the well-being of the LGBTIQ+ community.
“As states across the country pass laws that endanger LGBTQ+ people, California is sending a clear message: hate attacks will not be tolerated and we will continue to protect and ensure the safety of all members of the community,” Hoang concluded.