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Record No: CB 118455    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 118455
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 8/10/2015
Ordinance No: Ord 124829
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to gender identity and all-gender single-occupant restrooms in Seattle; amending the definition of "gender identity" in Sections 14.04.030, 14.06.020, 14.08.020, and 14.10.020 of the Seattle Municipal Code; amending the definition of "place of public accommodation" in Section 14.06.020 of the Seattle Municipal Code; amending Section 14.06.030 of the Seattle Municipal Code to clarify the right of individuals to use gender-specific facilities consistent with their gender identity; and adding a new Chapter 14.07 to the Seattle Municipal Code providing for all-gender restrooms in City-controlled buildings and places of public accommodation and prescribing enforcement procedures.
Sponsors: Bruce Harrell
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note v3, 2. Memo on All-Gender Restrooms Ordinance (8/5/15), 3. Signed Ord 124829
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to gender identity and all-gender single-occupant restrooms in Seattle; amending the definition of "gender identity" in Sections 14.04.030, 14.06.020, 14.08.020, and 14.10.020 of the Seattle Municipal Code; amending the definition of "place of public accommodation" in Section 14.06.020 of the Seattle Municipal Code; amending Section 14.06.030 of the Seattle Municipal Code to clarify the right of individuals to use gender-specific facilities consistent with their gender identity; and adding a new Chapter 14.07 to the Seattle Municipal Code providing for all-gender restrooms in City-controlled buildings and places of public accommodation and prescribing enforcement procedures.
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WHEREAS, the City of Seattle has a long history of addressing the human and civil rights of people with disabilities, families, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and gender nonconforming communities; and
WHEREAS, all-gender restrooms are toileting facilities, either single room or with multiple stalls, which are designated for use by any person or persons, regardless of sex or gender identity; and
WHEREAS, all-gender facilities create a safe space for employees and community members to use the restroom, and benefit a variety of people including individuals who require the help of a differently gendered caregiver, parents with children, and transgender and gender nonconforming individuals; and
WHEREAS, transgender and gender nonconforming people frequently are excluded from using facilities that conform to their gender identity, and use of gender-segregated restrooms can create unnecessary risk for transgender and gender nonconforming people; and
WHEREAS, studies have shown that these health and safety risks faced by transgender and gender nonconforming individuals impact people of color disproportionately; and
WHEREAS, transgender women and transgender people of ...

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