Santa Fe – Today, the Senate passed a measure to establish gender-free restrooms for single-occupant restrooms in places of public accommodation. House Bill 388, sponsored by Rep. Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces), will ensure that women, families, the LGBTQ+ community, and New Mexicans with disabilities feel safe when accessing the restroom.
According to a study by the Williams Institute Manager of Transgender Research, 70% of transgender and gender-nonconforming participants experienced problems, including violence and harassment, in gender-specific restrooms. Currently, there is no state law requiring gender-free restrooms in any public place. House Bill 388 would require that single-occupant restrooms in public places have gender-free signage, a low-cost measure.
“Today’s passage of gender-free restrooms is a win for equality and inclusion, and for all New Mexicans that have ever felt unsafe or unwelcome in gendered restrooms. This common-sense legislation has garnered bipartisan support and will have a positive impact on the lives of LGBTQ+ New Mexicans, families tending to young children, and those with disabilities,” said Rep. Angelica Rubio.
House Bill 388 now heads to the Governor.