The Obama administration published a notice on Thursday declaring that federal buildings must allow men that identify as women and vice versa to use the restroom that correlates with their “gender identity.”
“Federal agencies occupying space under the jurisdiction, custody, or control of GSA must allow individuals to use restroom facilities and related areas consistent with their gender identity,” the General Services Administration (GSA) wrote in the Federal Register.
The rule applies to the 9,000 facilities under the control of the GSA in 2,000 cities across the nation, such as federal courthouses, Veterans Administration offices and Social Security departments.
The administration says that it instituted the regulation to clarify that non-discrimination rules apply to transgenders. It came to the conclusion based on the interpretations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1973 by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Education, the Department of Justice, and other federal entities.
The GSA outlined in its notice that an individual does not need to undergo a sex change operation to be permitted to use their preferred restroom.
“As consistent with guidance by DOJ and ED, the self-identification of gender identity by any individual is sufficient to establish which restroom or other single-sex facilities should be used,” it explained.
“As noted by ED, EEOC, DOJ and OPM, transgender individuals do not have to be undergoing or have completed any medical procedure, nor can they be required to show proof of surgery to be treated in accordance with their gender identity and obtain access to the restroom corresponding with their gender identity.” Continue Reading