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Minneapolis putting all-gender restrooms in city buildings

The 44 buildings will still have men's and women's rooms, as well.

Minneapolis will be adding all-gender restrooms to dozens of city buildings over the next few months.

An announcement released by the city on Monday says they'll be installed in 44 buildings including offices, fire and police stations, public works facilities, and city-owned parking ramps.

Minneapolis officials say the all-gender bathrooms will be in addition to men's and women's rooms, which will still be available in every city facility.

The city, which created a Transgender Equity Council a few months ago, says it's working to make sure all of its services and policies are inclusive for transgender staff. They say the all-gender restrooms might be used by parents with children of a different gender or by adults who have a caregiver or personal attendant of a different gender, as well as by people who are not comfortable using a men's or women's restroom.

Minneapolis says it will have 62 all-gender restrooms when it finishes the work, which KSTP reports is costing $17,000.

Bathrooms have been a contentious issue over the past couple of years.

An Obama administration requirement that schools let students use the bathroom of whichever gender they identify with was rolled back by President Trump in February.

A North Carolina bathroom access law that sparked a backlash last year was repealed in March. And a school district on Minnesota's Iron Range that let a transgender student use the girl's locker room was sued by parents last year, though that suit was dropped in April, the ACLU of Minnesota said.

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