London Mayor Sadiq Khan has reportedly called for more gender-neutral bathrooms for transgender and “non-binary” citizens in a new city plan.
According to the Guardian, Khan’s plan for London argues that more gender-neutral toilets should be built “in public spaces to help trans and non-binary people feel more comfortable.”
The “public spaces” will include commercial developments, the Guardian reports, as well as “shops, leisure facilities and large public areas that are suitable for all users, including disabled people, older people and families with young children.”
Khan’s plan also calls for more “changing places toilets” for people with disabilities.
“I have vowed to be a mayor for all Londoners so I am determined to ensure that everyone has the ability to enjoy our great city to its fullest,” declared Khan in a statement. “Toilets are a vital public service and can help to shape the experience of the capital for those who live here and for those visiting. We need a range of toilets that reflect the incredible diversity of this city – giving people the confidence to move around London with dignity.”
In their own statement, LGBT organization Stonewall expressed support for Khan, proclaiming, “We’re pleased the mayor has used the London Plan to call on councils to create more gender-neutral toilets, and so help meet the needs of all Londoners and the city’s many visitors.”
“Gender-neutral toilets are a practical solution for many people, for many reasons and it’s a powerful demonstration of acceptance that has benefits for everyone,” they claimed, adding, “But this move isn’t just practical, it’s symbolic. By introducing gender-neutral toilets, planners can show that London is a city that cherishes its diverse population.”