Gender-Neutral Bathrooms Are Now Open in the White House

Spokesperson says people can choose which bathroom they want to use.

A gender-neutral bathroom at UC Irvine. Photo by Flickr user Ted Eytan.

In a pretty symbolic move in support of LGBTQ rights, the White House opened a gender-neutral bathroom on Wednesday, and it’s situated right next door to the West Wing. Somewhere, your bigoted Uncle Lester is absolutely seething. Chill, Uncle Lester. You don’t have to use the gender-neutral bathrooms if you don’t want to.

“The White House allows staff and guests to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity, which is in keeping with the administration’s existing legal guidance on this issue and consistent with what is required by the executive order that took effect today for federal contractors,” said White House spokesperson Jeff Tiller.

As usual, U.S. colleges were making gender-neutral bathrooms available to students before it was cool. And earlier this year, the city of West Hollywood imposed a law requiring that all single-stall restrooms in businesses and public buildings be gender-neutral.