From Iceland — Reykjavík Receives Proposal For Genderless Bathrooms And Changing Rooms

Reykjavík Receives Proposal For Genderless Bathrooms And Changing Rooms

Published March 23, 2016

Andie Sophia Fontaine
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Art Bicnick

The Human Rights Council of the City of Reykjavík received a proposal calling for the establishment of genderless bathrooms and changing rooms, amongst other places at swimming pools. Vísir reports that the proposal was submitted through the citizen democracy website Betri Reykjavík.

Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdóttir, a board member of the National Queer Organization, supports the proposal.

“From my point of view, this is well suited for trans folks who don’t fall under the binary of man and woman, and for other people who could be of other genders than these two,” Ugla said.

Ugla added that the idea would also be a boon to families, the disabled who need assistance, and single parents. While the National Queer Organization has not taken a formal position on the matter, Ugla believes the reception will be positive.

The City of Reykjavík has yet to take an official vote on the proposal. However, by the work practices of Betri Reykjavík, those proposals offered by city residents that make it into committee must be discussed by City Hall.

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