SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown waded further into the national debate over transgender rights Thursday as he signed a bill requiring that all single-stall toilets in California be designated as gender neutral.

The measure requires that businesses and governments post non-gender-specific signs on single-occupant restrooms by March 1, 2017. Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco said his legislation would establish the nation’s most inclusive restroom-access law and “chart a new course of equality for the nation.”

“This simple concept is oddly cutting-edge when compared with the discrimination being enacted in other states,” Ting said earlier, while urging the Democratic governor to sign the bill.

Lawmakers sent the legislation to Brown in August, a day after a federal judge temporarily blocked an order by President Barack Obama requiring that public schools let students use bathrooms that correlate with their gender identity.

California students can already do so under a law Brown signed in 2013. He also approved adding gender identity to the state’s antidiscrimination laws in 2011.

Supporters of the new legislation said 19 states considered restricting access to restrooms, locker rooms and other facilities based on the user’s biological sex, including North Carolina, which passed a law requiring people to use restrooms based on their gender at birth.

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider reviewing whether a transgender Virginia high school senior should be permitted to use the boys restroom.

Supporters say gender-neutral restrooms also would help parents with children of a different gender and adults caring for aging parents. It would not affect restrooms that have multiple stalls.

Randy Thomasson, president of, a nonprofit conservative organization, pointed to potential conflicts arising from gender-neutral facilities.

“What woman wants a man poking his head in the restroom door that somehow didn’t shut or lock? How many women want to use a urine-stained toilet seat?” he wrote in urging Brown to veto the bill.

He fears that what he called a “radical state takeover of the private sector’s restroom policies” could affect religious schools and home businesses.

Opponents said in December that they had failed to collect enough signatures to advance a proposed ballot measure that would have asked voters to require transgender people to use the public restrooms that correspond with their biological sex.

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Comments (14)
  1. Al says:

    You are male or female. There is no alternative. Stop appeasing a micro minority of super narcissists.

    1. Al says:

      Hillary Clinton 2016!!! She is backed by Black Lives Matter and the LGBT community. Love Trumps Hate!!!

      I’m PU$SY MIKE and I lick Trump nuts

    2. GROWAPAIR says:

      I beg to differ!!! I’m a male dressed like a female!!! Thank you for this bill Jerry!!!

      1. Donna Ryan says:

        Yeah, you’re PU$SY MIKE the INTERNET BlTCH . You don’t like woods or south siders. You were picked up for criminal threats, and got a beat down in the process. Robert Hale got you a plea deal. They segregate “gays” and you learned about Allah in there. They also gave you free meds. Go for it. Be careful, or you’ll hijack screen names and lick nuts, like you did to nobama, America, and everyone else you hate and who b1tch slapped you.

  2. MrMAB says:

    It makes NO SENSE AT ALL to oppose this. We’re talking single stall restrooms only…where you go in and lock the door behind you. This doesn’t affect multi-stall restrooms where more than one person will be inside at one time. Instead of there being a men’s restroom and a women’s restroom, there will now be two restrooms for whomever needs them. Seems like a super easy way to simplify an issue.

  3. Donna Ryan says:

    Well this Nonna (Grandmother) is going to be making a lot of scenes when it comes to taking my girls to the restroom Jerry Brown!!! I’ll be blocking the doorways and it will be over my dead body that a woman dressed as a man, a man or a man dressed as a woman will be in the restrooms with my granddaughters. I have respect for all people but there are limits!! THIS IS ONE OF THEM!!!!!

    1. MrMAB says:

      Yeah, I’m PU$SY MIKE I’m the INTERNET BlTCH . I don’t like woods or south siders. I was picked up for criminal threats, and got a beat down in the process. Robert Hale got me a plea deal. They segregate “gays” and I learned about Allah in there. They also give you free meds. Go for it. Be careful, or I’ll hijack your name and lick nuts, like I did to Trump, nobama, America, and everyone else I hate and who b1tch slapped me

    2. GROWAPAIR says:

      What does a “woman dressed as a man” look like, asshat?

      1. MIKE says:

        You want to know another thing about Transgender people. Well, you pu$sies think I need so much protection when I already get paid more licking buttlips than what most of you’ll ever see with or without these people. Jail is punishment, but constitutionally it can’t be “cruel or unusual,” so every time you brain dead pu$sies give in and vote for more tough on crime laws check the “ferry dust” coming from my butt. Transgender is not sexual deviance, know your terms, dumba-$ses.

        I’m MIKE, the Original Internet PU$SY BlTCH, I get b1tch slapped by GROWAPAIR so I lick BUTTH0LES and jack off screen names

    3. Lao Po says:

      Keep in mind the law only applies to single stall rest rooms. One assumes you lock the door when using it. What does it matter if a man or woman uses it? They are more or less like a home bathroom with one toilet and sink. You don’t have separate bathrooms for men and women at home do you?

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