|Oregons most populous county is requiring that gender-neutral bathrooms be included whenever a county-owned building is constructed or remodeled, a move to accommodate transgender employees and visitors.
Multnomah County board Chairman Jeff Cogen signed the executive order Tuesday. The Portland-based county is among the first local governments in the nation to have such a rule. It was patterned on legislation recently approved by the city of Philadelphia and was inspired by a local high school that earlier this year designated six single-occupancy restrooms as unisex.
Its not known how many of the countys 4,500 employees are transgender. County officials, however, say its not an insignificant number, and the directive will make life better for those who are uncomfortable using mens and womens restrooms.
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