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Bars in Beijing install all-gender toilets

By Liu Wei ( Updated: 2016-06-15 13:45

Bars in Beijing install all-gender toilets

Logo of "all gender toilet". [Photo from web]

Many bars in Beijing have started installing "All-gender toilet" sign on their restrooms to show their open attitude to all genders, reported on Tuesday.

The "All-gender toilet" sign displays three figures: one wearing a dress, one in trousers and one wearing half dress and half trousers.

All-gender toilets, or gender-neutral toilets, welcome people of all sexes, including transgenders.

The initiative was launched by Beijing Gender Health Education Institute, a nongovernmental organization, on May 17, which marks International Day Against Homophobia.

UN Women and UN Development Program also participated in the event. More than 30 organizations, mostly cafe, bars and NGOs, have joined the initiative.

Yang Gang, chief of the event, said many people, such as neutral dressed people, transgenders, fathers with little daughters or mothers with little sons, will benefit from it.

The organization plans to draw a map of all gender-neutral toilets and provide consulting and training for organizations willing to join the initiative.

The organization said it's the first such promotion across the nation on such a scale.

According to TIME magazine, more than 150 universities in US already have plans to build all-gender toilets by January.

Last April, the White House announced plans to install a gender-neutral restroom to show its tolerance and acceptance of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) group.

Bars in Beijing install all-gender toilets

The "all gender toilet" sign has been installed. [Photo from web]

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