Multnomah County becomes one of first in nation to require gender-neutral bathrooms for transgender users

The Oregonian
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June 12, 2013

Multnomah County is jumping to the forefront of a national debate by becoming one of the first in the country to require single-occupancy, gender-neutral bathrooms in all new construction projects for the county. The move, coming through an executive order scheduled to be signed this morning by county board Chairman Jeff Cogen, is intended to eliminate stigmas for transgender county employees and visitors using county-owned restrooms. “There is no doubt that there will be people who will be opposed to this,” Cogen said. “But for us, it’s all about equity and fairness. It’s about us walking our talk.”