Kansas City to promote all-gender restroom options at city properties

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City took a step this week to create a more inclusive space for the LGBTQ community.

With the swipe of a pen, City Manager Brian Platt signed a regulation promoting single occupancy or all-gender restroom facilities in newly constructed and renovated restrooms on city-owned properties. It also states that gender neutral locker facilities should be included when it’s feasible.

Members of the Kansas City Council already approved the resolution last month.

“Kansas City is for everyone. Our employees and visitors should be able to comfortably use a restroom in a city-owned facility, regardless of their gender identity or gender expression,” Platt said.  

The new guideline also states that projects should include changing tables, urinals and access to essential hygiene products in newly constructed facilities.

Kansas City said the city architect will conduct an inventory of all existing city-owned facility’s restrooms, locker rooms and showers and identify which can reasonably and feasibly be designated as all-gender spaces. 

“This is more than a policy, this is an act of radical support and represents the city’s commitment to the visibility, inclusion, and safety of Kansas City’s LGBTQ+ community,” Moon Glasgow Brown, LGBTQ commission chair, said.

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