Jersey City’s Ward E Councilman James Solomon announced his intent to introduce an ordinance requiring all single-stall bathrooms in the Hudson County city to be made gender neutral.
“Many transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people avoid public bathrooms due to the harassment, violence, or threat of arrest they experience in bathrooms labeled ‘women’ and ‘men,’” said Hudson Pride Center Executive Director Elizabeth Schedl. “It is extremely important to not only normalize gender neutral bathrooms but to make sure that they are more widely available and accessible to all.”
The ordinance resembles a similar measure passed in Hoboken in 2018 and would provide businesses with 60 days from its enactment to update their signage for single-stall bathrooms.
The requirements it imposes would also apply to newly constructed single-stall bathrooms.
Solomon is running for re-election off-the-line against chief municipal prosecutor Jake Hudnut, who is mounting his campaign on Mayor Steve Fulop’s slate.