DENVER — In 2016, the city and county of Denver passed an ordinance that all existing buildings with a single occupant restroom or a family or assisted-use restroom need to also be signed as gender neutral.
Businesses were given about a year and a half to comply with the ordinance that was designed to be more inclusive.
“The requirement of having it signed as men’s and or women’s did not allow those who may not clearly identify with one of those genders or the other, to feel comfortable using a restroom,” said Jill Jennings Golich, Denver community planning and development deputy director.
The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community played a major role in the creation of the ordinance.
Denver will not have any patrols checking bathroom signage, but the city will respond to any complaints.
“If we receive a tip from 311 from someone, we will go out and talk to the business owner,” Golich said.
Aaron Nelsen of Brothers Barbecue on Sixth Avenue sees no problems with the new ordinance.
“I think that’s going to be a benefit for every patron that’s coming in. It’s turned into bathrooms for all,” he said.
The new ordinance does not affect multi-stall bathrooms? They will remain the same.
Denver officials believe the new ordinance is a better way to go.