Legislation in Philadelphia Brings Gender-Neutral Bathrooms to City-Owned Buildings and More Benefits to LGBT People

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Legislation signed by Mayor Michael Nutter in Philadelphia on Thursday will not only offer much-needed protections to LGBT people, but Nutter hopes that it will make Philadelphia “the most LGBT-friendly city” in the world. The legislation comprises a mandate that all bathrooms in new or renovated city-owned buildings include gender-neutral bathrooms in addition to traditional men’s and women’s bathrooms.  “It can be an awkward and embarrassing situation” for anyone who may “feel more like a woman, but can’t use the women’s room,” Councilman Jim Kenny, who sponsored the bill, said. Additionally, the piece of legislation makes Philadelphia the first city in the country “to offer tax credits to companies that extend the same health care coverage to LGBT employees’ domestic partners and their children” as well as extending tax credits to businesses that proved transgender-specific health benefits. “My goal is for Philadelphia to be one of, if not the most, LGBT-friendly cities in the world and a leader on equality issues,” said Nutter, adding that the signing struck a personal note because his friend, the late City Councilman John Anderson, was a gay man and a mentor who inspired him 30 years ago to pursue a life of public service. [NBC]

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