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Transgender bathroom access extends to all federal buildings

Federal buildings nationwide must allow transgender employees and visitors to use the bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity, according to a notice set for Thursday publication in the Federal Register.

{mosads}The General Services Administration says the more than 9,000 buildings and offices controlled by the agency must comply, NBC News reported.

“Federal agencies occupying space under the jurisdiction, custody, or control of GSA must allow individuals to use restroom facilities and related areas consistent with their gender identity,” the notice says.

The rule applies to federal courthouses and offices of the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs, but it won’t apply to the U.S. Capitol building or national parks. 

The notice says agencies can’t require proof a transgender person is undergoing a sex change or have them produce proof of any surgery. 

“The self-identification of gender identity by any individual is sufficient to establish which restroom or other single-sex facilities should be used,” the notice says.

The issue of bathroom use by transgender people has been an issue this year following a directive from the Obama administration that advises public schools to allow students to use the bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity or risk losing federal funding. 

Several states are challenging that directive in court. 

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