Governor Gavin Newsom Passes Historic SB1194, Paving the Way for Inclusive Public Restrooms - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Governor Gavin Newsom Passes Historic SB1194, Paving the Way for Inclusive Public Restrooms

September 30, 2022
Contact: Media Relations

The Los Angeles LGBT Center applauds Governor Gavin Newsom’s approval of SB 1194, which will authorize cities and counties to require that public restrooms be designed to serve all genders.

SB 1194 authorizes cities and counties to require by ordinance or resolution that public restrooms constructed within their jurisdictions comply with specified requirements instead of plumbing standards set forth in the California Building Standards Code. This means that the bill would require public restroom facilities to be designed to serve all genders as specified—helping to solve for the issue of gender-based discrimination in public facilities.

The bill would also give local governments discretion to exclude certain occupancies from the bill’s requirements. However, the Center applauds the emphasis on recognizing and including all genders so that all LGBTQ Californians feel safe.

“This is an outstanding effort from the Governor’s office to ensure that our community is prioritized, and that we deserve the same right to safety and equity in public spaces as anyone else,” said Center CEO, Joe Hollendoner. “We are so proud that the Center co-sponsored this historic bill.”

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