The Obama administration has long been vocal about its support for the transgender community and its latest mandate further reinforces its commitment to protect the rights of transgender people. Going into effect this week, a new regulation will guarantee restroom access to transgender people in thousands of federal buildings.
According to BuzzFeed News — which obtained a draft copy of the ruling—the regulation will cover both employees and visitors of any of the 9,200 buildings nationwide maintained by the General Services Administration. This means that any person—whether employee or civilian, transgender or cisgender — visiting a courthouse, social security office, or prison (just some of the many federal buildings throughout the country) will be permitted access to a bathroom that coincides with their gender identity.
"This [rule] includes all kinds of Americans," GSA spokeswoman Ashley Nash-Hahn told BuzzFeed. "We wanted to make clear that a person can use facilities that match their gender identity, and we think that’s a good thing."
There are, however, a few federal properties that do not fall within the GSA's new guidelines — including the White House, the Capitol, and national parks. Though some states may show resistance to the new regulation, it confirms the Obama administration's longstanding dedication to banning discrimination and promoting transgender rights.
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