1,000 restrooms open for all genders in Portland


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Hundreds of restrooms around Portland are now open to everyone — a move that caused city leaders to celebrate Thursday.

In September 2016, leaders, including Commissioner Nick Fish and Amanda Fritz, helped successfully convert 600 single-use restrooms in city buildings — making them available to people of all genders and abilities.

Earlier in 2017, they challenged businesses around Portland to outdo them and make 1,000 bathrooms available to all by participating in the All-User Restroom Challenge.

Businesses were quick to send in pictures of their new all-user bathrooms, helping leaders complete their goal of 1,000.

Fish celebrated reaching their goal Thursday and thanked community partners who participated in the challenge.

Advocates said all-user restrooms remove arbitrary barriers and help people feel respected. The restrooms are open to all genders, people with disabilities and parents of young kids.

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