Pretty much every woman I know understands this struggle: you're waiting on the ridiculously long women's restroom line when the dude next to strolls into the vacant men's room and comes out two minutes later like it's no thing. Meanwhile, you and your fellow ladies are left to roll your eyes... and wait. That might be a thing of the past in Seattle, as the city is now requiring single-occupancy bathrooms to go gender-neutral. It's an amazing idea, and not just because it will inevitable shorten the cray lines in women's bathrooms.
The new legislation will require all current and future restrooms of single-occupancy to do away with gender signage, and there are a few reasons why it's a good move on Seattle's part. If you don't identify as a gender within the binary, the struggle of picking a stall to use will officially be over - at least, in hotels, restaurants, and other businesses and public places in Seattle. Saying bye-bye to men and women's bathrooms is one way to be inclusive to these people.
Then there are some practical functions of going gender-neutral in single occupancy bathrooms. The new law will allow parents with children of different genders to go into these restrooms with them without any question. And yes, having gender neutral bathrooms can cut down on the wait time - going gender-neutral will maximize bathroom usage by giving anyone the choice between two restrooms.
Good job, Seattle. Let's hope more cities follow your bathroom trend.
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