Associated Press
April 22, 2013

A Philadelphia city council member wants to require new or renovated city-owned buildings to have gender-neutral restrooms in addition to men's and women's restrooms. The Philadelphia Daily News ( ) says the measure introduced by Councilman Jim Kenney at the behest of the LGBT community would also require transgender health benefits for city employees. "It can be an awkward and embarrassing situation" for anyone who may "feel more like a woman, but can't use the women's room," Kenney said. "These functions should be fair for everybody." Speakers at a recent committee hearing on the bill said transgendered youth faced discrimination in bathroom access.