Jeramey Jannene
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Council Okays Gender Neutral Bathrooms

Proposal wouldn't "scratch the top 50" of constituent concerns, Donovan carps.

By - Nov 26th, 2019 01:08 pm
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All gender restroom. Photo is in the Public Domain.

All gender restroom. Photo is in the Public Domain.

The Common Council and Equal Rights Commission have advanced a proposal that would establish gender-inclusive bathrooms and locker rooms in all city-owned buildings.

The council voted 13-2 Tuesday morning to direct city departments to create a policy regarding inclusive restrooms. Only council members Robert Donovan and Mark Borkowski voted in opposition.

The move comes as part of a nationwide trend recognizing transgender individuals, non-binary individuals, those needing assistance using the restrooms and parents with children.

“There does some seem to be misinformation” about the proposal, said Alderman Robert Bauman. It “doesn’t direct the city to change any physical space at this point.” He noted the departments will identify possible changes to existing facilities and how future remodeling or construction projects could accommodate more inclusive facilities. “This is really to explore the policy in greater detail,” said Bauman. “It doesn’t require anyone to physically do anything yet.”

“So what are we doing? This particular community will have their own bathroom?” asked Ald. Russell W. Stamper, II after Bauman finished explaining the policy changes.

“Not necessarily their own bathroom, but a restroom with more privacy,” responded Bauman. “By simply changing a sign and installing a lock on the inside of the door the mission may be accomplished,” said the alderman of single-occupant restrooms.

Neither Borkowski nor Donovan explained their opposition. Donovan issued a press release Monday blasting the council for considering a number of issues, including the bathroom proposal.

“My concern is not these proposals in themselves. It is that none of them represent the primary concerns of my constituents – they don’t even come close,” wrote Donovan in his release. “I defy anyone to poll the residents of the City and ask them what their priorities are. What are the odds drinking straws, bathroom policies, and team mascots scratch the top 50?”

For more on the proposal, see our coverage from earlier this month when it was before the Public Works Committee.

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One thought on “City Hall: Council Okays Gender Neutral Bathrooms”

  1. Ryan Cotic says:

    Sadly the people running milwaukee have literally no solutions to the actual problems for the peolpe who live in this city…

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