Illinois Passes Gender-Neutral Bathroom Bill

Single-occupancy public bathrooms must be labeled as gender-neutral.

By Casey Leins, Staff Writer July 29, 2019, at 11:04 a.m

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill Friday requiring all single-occupancy public bathrooms to be labeled as gender-neutral starting Jan. 1.

"(The law is) a common-sense measure that will benefit individuals who don't identify as male or female as well as parents and caregivers who have dependents of the opposite sex," state Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, said in a statement, according to The Chicago Tribune.

Bush said "The Equitable Restrooms Act," which passed unanimously in the state's Senate and with a 109-5 vote in the House, "is a small change that will make a big impact for thousands of Illinoisians."

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