Minneapolis adds all-gender restrooms to city buildings

The City of Minneapolis now offers all-gender restrooms in city buildings in an effort to "further transgender equity by making sure City policies and services are inclusive of transgender community and staff," according to a release.

These new restrooms are in addition to the existing restrooms, which will not be changed.

The facilities will be an option for people who are uncomfortable in men's or women's rooms for a number of reasons, parents or caregivers of children who are a different gender from them and people with caregivers who are a different gender from them, according to the release.

Over the next few weeks, all-gender restrooms will be added in 44 city facilities, including department offices, fire stations, police precincts, public works facilities and city-owned parking ramps.

City staff are also planning for the next phases of this effort, which will involve making locker room and shower facilities inclusive. Also, as buildings are constructed and remodeled for city use, staff will explore accommodating multi-stall, all-gender restrooms and changing rooms.