Vancouver City Hall has installed transgender friendly bathroom signs, and plans to roll out them out in every building run by the city government in the coming months.
The signs read “Trans people welcome” and are part of a larger project to help make the city safer and more inclusive for the transgender and gender-nonconforming community.
“Everyone has the right to safe and inclusive washroom facilities. This change is another step forward towards ensuring equality and inclusion for all,” says City Manager Sadhu Johnston.
“This updated signage aims to help trans*, gender variant and two-spirit individuals feel safer accessing the washroom facility they most identify with.”
A report written by the City of Vancouver in 2016 set out a number of recommendations to ensure the safety and well-being of the transgender community—including improvements to hiring and training, data collection and community engagement.
“We are committed to ensuring staff and citizens feel safe and welcome," a City of Vancouver spokesperson said.
"Many trans*, gender variant and two-spirit individuals face discrimination and even barriers to basic forms of human needs."
The Vancouver School Board adopted a transgender-inclusive bathroom policy in 2014—allowing students to choose the bathroom that matches their gender identity.