As a department store, we’ve been advised to neutralize our restrooms for costumers and staff in 2016. However, it seems that people are afraid of gender-neutral bathrooms and we’re experiencing resistance.
My question is two-fold: how to designate how transgender people will access the restrooms? By the person’s biological gender that defines them in terms of chromosomes and sex at birth or let them go where they feel the most comfortable?
And secondly, would we be setting up situations that could create sexual violence? For instance, what if a predatory man follows a young girl into the restroom, which traditionally has been a safe haven for women?
–Name withheld, Providence, RI