As the LGBT movement continues to gain political attention, so does the issue of "All Gender" public restrooms.
Cities like Austin, Berkeley, Philadelphia, Santa Fe and Seattle have already approved legislation that calls for more single-user, all-gender public restrooms. Could the issue gain traction in Indianapolis?
Indianapolis City County Councilman Zach Adamson says gender-neutral bathrooms aren't really new. However, Adamson adds that gender-neutral bathrooms are part of "the total package" of equality and human rights when it comes to all public accommodations. Adamson says he cannot point to any examples where such facilities would pose threats to anyone.Government requiring the installation of such restrooms would seem to be an enormous expense for many small and medium sized businesses. But besides that, even raising the possibility of mandating gender neutral restrooms seems distracting and counterproductive to the LGBT community's push to expand Indiana's civil rights law to include sexual orientation.