The following comes from a May 9 LA Times article by Patrick McGreevy:
As other states restrict the ability of transgender people to choose which bathrooms to use, the California Assembly on Monday voted to make single-user restrooms in public and government buildings “all gender,” so that anyone can use any restroom.
Lawmakers also took initial action to prohibit taxpayer-funded travel to states whose policies are viewed as discriminatory to the transgender community.
Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) said his measure would make restrooms more convenient for women and for transgender Californians who may identify as a woman and feel uncomfortable using a restroom designated for men, and vice versa.
“While other states are making it tougher and more political to use the bathroom, today we can make it easier for everyone to use the bathroom by simply changing the sign on the door and allowing anyone to use it,” Ting said. “Today, let’s take the politics out of bathrooms and bring back common sense.”
The measure passed on a 52-18 vote after some Republicans objected to the change.
North Carolina is facing possible federal sanctions after enacting a law in March that requires people to use public restrooms that correspond with their gender at birth. The U.S. Department of Justice has determined HB 2 violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) said he had North Carolina in mind in introducing AB 1887. Both bills next go to the Senate for consideration.