White House grounds get gender-neutral bathroom

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White House Grounds Get Gender-Neutral Bathroom

Keeping with a major theme of his presidency, the Obama administration has installed a gender-neutral bathroom on White House grounds.

The "all-gender" bathroom is located in the Eisenhower building, 1650 Pennsylvania Ave., which is essentially next door. The Eisenhower building houses a large majority of offices for White House staff.

Now to put this in perspective, the Eisenhower building has just over 500 rooms on five floors, so one gender-neutral bathroom is not exactly practical.

But White House spokesman Jeff Tiller tells Politico it's more of a symbolic gesture anyway, "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."

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A sign marks the entrance to a gender neutral restroom at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt., Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

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Irvine, California, USA. 15th Feb, 2015. The University of California at Irvine campus has designated nearly two dozen public bathrooms as gender neutral using signage with ''Inclusive Restroom, '' written out in white letters below a white triangle featuring a tri-pronged symbol with the traditional male and female gender signs along with the gender neutral sign. The gender neutral symbol is made up a circle and a combination of the male and female symbols set off on the upper left quarter of the circle.-------Round Inclusive Restroom Signage. © David Bro/ZUMA Wire/Alamy Live News
Irvine, California, USA. 15th Feb, 2015. The University of California at Irvine campus has designated nearly two dozen public bathrooms as gender neutral using signage with ''Inclusive Restroom, '' written out in white letters below a white triangle featuring a tri-pronged symbol with the traditional male and female gender signs along with the gender neutral sign. The gender neutral symbol is made up a circle and a combination of the male and female symbols set off on the upper left quarter of the circle.------Round Inclusive Restroom Signage with square Inclusive Restroom signage accompanied
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"We're on the right side of history! I'm going to sign this executive order. Thank you, everybody." President Obama said.

This new restroom could be seen as the White House trying to lead by example. Wednesday, President Obama's executive order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination went into effect and things like gender-neutral restrooms are definitely something LGBTQ activists would like to see more of.

And while the White House complex is installing an all-gender restroom, many states around the country are looking to ban them. The Kentucky senate recently passed a bill banning students from using any restroom that didn't match the gender on their birth certificate.

Advocates for these bills say they're meant to protect against sexual predators, but activists calls such measures discrimination against the LGBTQ community.

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