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ADA Gender Neutral Restroom Signs

The Importance of Using Gender Neutral Signage

Over the past few years the attitudes and understanding of gender identity and preference have evolved with America's growing culture. The ever-growing list of terminology and language used to define the gender spectrum has brought to the forefront the conversation of identity and how that applies to the use of public spaces. These conversations, both within the LGBT community and amongst state officials, are trying to further develop the methods to which we include all people and gender types under the ADA guidelines for accessible restrooms. In fact, many cities across the country have laws pertaining to all single occupancy restrooms, to ensure that people of any gender feel welcome to use these facilities. Recently, the Mayor of Houston, Annise Parker, has continually fought to pass an ordinance that would eliminate gender-based bathrooms in her city.

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California’s Support for The All Gender Restroom Bill

In order to implement All Gender restrooms, California recently passed Assembly Bill 1732, which requires that all single-occupancy restrooms display gender neutral pictograms or symbols indicating non-specific, universally accessible bathrooms. The ADA regulations for neutral based restrooms continue to grow and expand on the original ideas established by the bill. Although some business owners feel that standard unisex bathrooms are sufficient, the fact of the matter is that gender neutral bathrooms are becoming common not only in commercial buildings, but also in many college campuses and other public facilities throughout the United States and Canada.

The following is an excerpt from the California Assembly Bill Number 1732 (AB 1732):

AB 1732, Equal Restroom Access Act

This bill would, commencing March 1, 2017, require all single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, place of public accommodation, or government agency to be identified as all-gender toilet facilities, as specified. The bill would authorize inspectors, building officials, or other local officials responsible for code enforcement to inspect for compliance with these provisions during any inspection.

Currently, There Are No Pictogram Specifications for Gender Neutral Signs for Restrooms

Regulations do not exist for the pictograms on gender neutral bathroom signs. In spite of this, we provide a variety of these signs for your needs. While new versions of the ideal pictograms for these signs come up occasionally, we offer what we consider to be the most popular ones and describe them as follows:

  • A pictogram that contains one woman and one man
  • A pictogram that exhibits one woman, one man and a figure which is half woman and half man
  • A pictogram that includes one of the above along with a figure in a wheelchair

We Provide a Variety of Gender-Neutral Restroom Signs

STOPSignsAndMore has been manufacturing ADA compliant Gender Neutral Restroom Signs for years and we continue to make an effort in developing the latest in sign designs that help to express equality for any and all gender identities. One model that we offer includes a pictogram of the gender neutral symbol which helps to broadcast the message that the restroom is for all people, no matter what their gender preference is. We also carry another wall design that shows a pictogram of a woman, man and a figure that is a mixture of both sexes, all standing beside each other. When you order these signs, you receive ones that include Grade-2 Braille and 1/32-inch raised text along with pictograms. The signs also contain eased corners and a matte acrylic finish. You may decide that you need a unique type of sign for your specific restrooms and that is doable since we allow you to request custom designs that include your own design and brand. Even the message can be of your own making.

As the demand increases for neutral based or unisex bathrooms, additional local and state authorities will start dictating specifications for public and commercial buildings to follow as far as displaying gender neutral bathroom signs go to ensure that all have the proper access to restroom facilities in an equitable manner. Check with the pertinent authorities today in your part of the country to be certain that your building is in compliance in its posting of all gender restroom signs. When you require signs to bring your building up to compliance in this area or another area with signage, consult with our company to learn how we can assist you with your endeavor.