Council To Discuss Unisex Bathroom Bill

Posted at 6:10 PM, Jun 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-07 20:00:22-04

Metro city council members have planned to discuss a transgender bathroom bill putting unisex bathrooms in businesses.

It all started after an east Nashville councilman started getting complaints from some restaurants in his district.

Current regulations state that when a restaurant or small business is over a certain size they have two bathrooms and must assign a gender to each of those bathrooms.

This bill though, would allow a restaurant to simply change those bathrooms to be unisex.

The bill wouldn't mandate a business change their current setup - just allow more flexibility.

The bill’s sponsor, Councilman Brett Withers, hoped it would make those in the transgender community feel more accepted throughout the city.

“They can have their right to privacy like any other person and so I think certainly for the businesses that approached me about this that is the concern that they want to be welcoming to everyone,” said Withers.

Tuesday afternoon, a committee recommended the bill be approved by council, but it must first go through a third reading.