Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has signed an executive order making all bathrooms in municipal buildings gender neutral, pushing back against legislation passed by President Donald Trump (R) last month.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“All bathroom facilities in any place of public accommodation maintained by the City of Jersey City shall bear a sign … Gender diversity is welcomed here, please use the restroom that best fits your gender identity or expression,” the order, signed yesterday, says.
The local legislation also says that “despite the rescission of this policy by the Trump administration,” the Jersey City Board of Education is maintaining a gender neutral bathroom policy that was adopted last year.
Last month, Trump rescinded protections that allowed transgender students to use the school bathrooms of the gender they identify with, leading to a rally at Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza in Jersey City.
On Twitter, Ward E Councilwoman Candice Osborne said she is “proud of my city,” noting that she asked Fulop to sign off on the aforementioned executive order.
The mayor subsequently thanked the councilwoman for her efforts on the initiative.
Proud of my city. The Faulkner Act limits what we can legislate as council, but I requested and got this transgender EO from @StevenFulop pic.twitter.com/1nINmTrkqF
Candice Osborne (@candiceosborne) March 24, 2017
Thank you @candiceosborne for your work on this. https://t.co/8r2cSoWLzM
Steven Fulop (@StevenFulop) March 24, 2017