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Transgender People Are Getting A Boost From Seattle Mayor

Mar 4, 2016

Bathrooms in Seattle's public facilities must have gender-neutral signage by this Wednesday.

That's to fulfill a city law in support of transgender people.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray plans to further that cause this week with an executive order that city staff must be trained on how to support transgender people. 

Staffers in the parks department, libraries, Seattle Center and other front-line departments will undergo culturally responsive training by the city's Office of Civil Rights.

Murray says the training is meant to ensure that "members of our transgender and gender-diverse communities are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve."

This is a follow-up to the measure city leaders passed last summer.

It requires city and public facilities to designate single-stall restrooms as gender-neutral and clarifies that people can use "the restroom of their chosen gender identity or expression."