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A gender neutral restoom sign depicting both male & female & a disabled individual.

Many Austin bathrooms will soon become gender neutral.

Tonight’s music video is “Simplethings” by Miguel.

In a victory for equality, Austin City Council approved converting the city’s single stall toilets into gender neutral bathrooms.

Bathrooms across the city of Austin will soon be losing their customary ‘Men’ and ‘Women’ signs in favor of gender-neutral labels. The Austin City Council approved a measure Thursday that requires businesses to post the new signs on single-occupancy restrooms.

[…]Nancy Lynch calls Epoch Coffee her home away from home; she spends time there for business and pleasure. Lynch says she has no problem sharing the bathroom with both women and men. ‘I don’t see any problem whatsoever. It’s never, ever been a problem for me,’ she said.

The coffee shop adopted the gender neutral philosophy when it first opened eight years ago. Employees are also happy to hear some other local businesses could soon be following in their footsteps. ‘I think it shows willingness to be welcoming for all types,’ Ben Lance told KXAN.

Sponsored by councilman Chris Riley, the point of the new ordinance is to make everyone feel comfortable — including those in the transgender community, those who are disabled and rely on someone for help, as well as parents who have children of the opposite sex.

‘I’ve always thought it was ridiculous anyway. Everybody’s just the same,’ Lynch said.

Of course it might be better if the sign they used was also gender neutral!

Bonus: Photos from the Days When Thousands of Cables Crossed the Sky” on io9

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Kit OConnell

Kit OConnell

Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and