A Minneapolis City Council panel is recommending the city scrap a long-standing requirement that bars and restaurants have designated men’s and women’s restrooms.
A similar measure is under consideration at the state level. A proposed change to the state building code that would take effect in January would give all businesses the option to use unisex bathrooms instead. The change would apply only to bathrooms with one toilet stall and a locking door.
Dylan Flunker told council members he supports the change — as someone who’s transgender and as a father trying to potty-train his 3-year-old daughter.
“Men’s restrooms are not known for their cleanliness or always their baby-changing tables,” he said. “Single-use bathrooms that are accessible for families greatly increase the capacity of families to be out in public with their young children.”
The full city council will vote on the ordinance change next week. It will also consider a resolution encouraging businesses to make the transition to gender-neutral bathrooms.
An electrical problem is causing delays on the Green Line this afternoon, Metro Transit officials said.
The agency is replacing train service with buses between the Downtown East and Raymond Avenue light rail stops.
The problem is a broken pantograph, which connects the train to the overhead power lines, according to Metro Transit spokesman Bruce Howard.
“That train was stuck at Washington and Church,” Howard said. “And we had some people who we had to evacuate off of that vehicle. We’re powering down the system right around that area so we can fix it.”
Howard said trains are still operating in both directions in downtown Minneapolis and east of Raymond Avenue in St. Paul.
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