Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Unisex Toilet Access Begins at SF Opera War Memorial in Sept

The San Francisco War Memorial Performing Arts Center Board of Trustees at their August 11 meeting received an update on implementation of a new law requiring gender-neutral bathrooms in all public buildings. 

The Trustees oversee the homes of the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet and San Francisco Symphony, the War Memorial Opera House and the Davies Symphony Hall, along with the Herbst Theater inside the Veteran's Building.

There's a lot of toilets in all of the venues that comprise these jewels of performance venues and I wonder if they're the first of their kind to have unisex bathrooms.

Here's the note I received from Elizabeth Murray, the managing director, of the center's buildings:

"Thank you for your inquiry. The War Memorial will be implementing the Board of Supervisors’ ordinance regarding all-gender toilet facilities at the Performing Arts Center. 

"In accordance with the ordinance we will be re-designating single-user toilet facilities as all-gender facilities by September 23, 2016.

"We will then be re-designating certain multiple-user toilet facilities as all-gender facilities by November 23, 2016. We are currently in the planning stage so I cannot yet advise you on specific restroom re-designations.

"Upon completion of this process I will be happy to let you know our plans."

Here's the video of the discussion at the August 11 trustees' meeting:

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