Charlotte, N.C., will consider a local building code regulation that requires all new commercial construction to include at least one gender-free, single-stall bathroom, according to the Charlotte Observer.
These accommodations would be available to transgender people and anybody else. The proposal is a compromise on another plan that would allow transgender people to use either the women’s or men’s room—whichever they feel most comfortable using.
A few other cities, including Philadelphia, Austin, Texas, and Washington D.C., already have gender-neutral bathroom regulations. Developers are expected to oppose the Charlotte proposal due to concerns of added costs. The city councilor proposing the ordinance points out that some private businesses, such as Target, already offer gender-neutral bathrooms.
The issue has gained more prominence in recent years in other settings. For example, unisex bathrooms are becoming more common on college campuses due to advocacy by the LGBT community.