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Boston Establishes Gender-Neutral Bathrooms In City Hall

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 09:  Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh addresses the media during a press conference to announce Boston as th
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 09: Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh addresses the media during a press conference to announce Boston as the U.S. applicant city to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on January 9, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images for the USOC)

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh (D) signed an executive order on Thursday establishing gender-neutral bathrooms in City Hall.

"Boston thrives on diversity, and is an inclusive city," Walsh said in a statement. "This change will foster a safe and welcoming environment for employees and visitors, and will go a long way as we continue to work towards improving the lives of those who love and call Boston home."

The availability of gender-neutral bathrooms has become a priority for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocates, who say that transgender people often face hardship when having to choose a bathroom option that may not match their gender identity.

Other cities that have taken steps mandating the availability of gender-neutral bathrooms include Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas.

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