WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — West Hollywood has a new law that is winning praise from the transgender community.
Starting Thursday, single-stall bathrooms in public places must become gender-neutral. The law will require businesses and restaurants to make separate men and women restrooms accessible to everyone.READ MORE: Suspect Joseph Jimenez Arrested In Corona Movie Theater Shooting Which Left Woman Dead, Man Wounded
“It’s a pretty simple fix. It’s just a plastic sign that we can take down and put back up,” said Maggie Crifasi of Pizza Rustica, which made the change last weekend. “Everybody here is so gay-friendly.”
The ordinance is a relief for many in the transgender community who say they’ve had problems in the past.
“Bathrooms were always a very scary place for me. It was a place where I got beaten up by other boys at school. It’s a place where I’ve been made fun off by women when I’m using the restroom,” Drian Juarez, a transgender activist, said.READ MORE: LA City Council Set to Pass Restrictions On Homeless Encampments
The law will not apply to restrooms with more than one stall in the same room and businesses will have 60 days to comply.
“We’ve always been a progressive city,” said Genevieve Morrill of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. “Anytime there’s a change for business, especially when a community is comprised so much of small business, you want to make sure that it doesn’t have a financial impact to the business.”
Juarez told KCAL9’s Erica Nochlin she hopes more cities will sign on.MORE NEWS: Man Arrested After Military Explosives Force Evacuation Of Downey Neighborhood
“It’s definitely a big step for the city and hopefully other cities will follow,” Juarez said.