London's Mayor Wants the City to Have a Lot More Gender-neutral Public Bathrooms
“I have vowed to be a mayor for all Londoners.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan wants an increase in gender-neutral bathrooms across the city to serve transgender and non-binary tourists and residents.
The proposal is included in Khan's planning blueprint, which will be published this week, The Guardian reports. In the proposal, Khan also calls for bathrooms that are easily accessible for people with disabilities by including features like adjustable sinks and toilets.
“I have vowed to be a mayor for all Londoners so I am determined to ensure that everyone has the ability to enjoy our great city to its fullest,” said Khan, according to The Guardian. “Toilets are a vital public service and can help to shape the experience of the capital for those who live here and for those visiting. We need a range of toilets that reflect the incredible diversity of this city — giving people the confidence to move around London with dignity.”
But according to the Evening Standard, the proposal has encountered opposition, with some arguing that gender-neutral bathrooms have the potential to make women uncomfortable.
“Alongside that we also need to have separate women and men’s toilets and changing facilities. Particularly for women’s safety, we shouldn’t be opening up access to their toilets to those who are biologically male, however they identify,” said David Kurten, a London Assembly member for the United Kingdom, according to the Evening Standard.