White House Announces New Gender-Neutral Bathroom

| by Ethan Brown
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Continuing his support of the LGBT community, a spokesman for President Barack Obama made the announcement on April 8 the White House has opened a gender-neutral restroom for its employees and visitors.

The restroom is in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which most White House staff pass through each day, notes Politico.

The new restroom coincides with a new executive order signed by the president that bans discrimination of employees of the federal government who are gay or transgender.

“The White House allows staff and guests to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity, which is in keeping with the administration’s existing legal guidance on this issue and consistent with what is required by the executive order that took effect today for federal contractors,” said White House spokesman Jeff Tiller.

Writing about the progress Obama has made on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues since his announcement in support of same-sex marriage in 2012, Valerie Jarrett, a White House senior adviser, praised the president’s actions.

“This president is determined to lead by example. He has hired more openly LGBT Americans to serve in his administration than any other in history. And we have closely examined our internal policies on everything from benefits, to restroom access, to how we invite people to events, to ensure that everyone who enters this building feels safe and fully respected,” Jarrett wrote in an opinion piece to The Advocate.

Sources: Brietbart, Politico, The Advocate

Photo Credit: The White House