Sunday, 2 March 2014

Unisex toilets in Berlin!

Good news from Berlin: the borough of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg decided to bring unisex toilets to all its public buildings a year ago, and now the borough of Mitte might follow suit.

The Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg measure was proposed by the Pirate Party and supported by the Left, Social Democrat and Green parties on the borough council. (The Christian Democrats were against it.) The Pirates have now also asked the borough council in Mitte to find out which public buildings there are suitable for unisex toilets. They want to keep the men's and women's options, but add a third room as an extra choice, with the aim of making life easier for trans* and intersex people. Public finances in Berlin are tight, but the Pirates point out that changing signs on toilet doors would be practically cost-neutral.

Many public buildings there don't yet have wheelchair-accessible toilets. The Pirate Party representative Lena Rohrbach acknowledged that this was also very important, and emphasised that the groups should not be played off against one another. I heartily agree.


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