NYC to enact anti-discrimination rules for city facilities

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s mayor is expected to sign an order saying people visiting city facilities must be able to use restrooms or locker rooms consistent with their gender identity.

City officials tell The Associated Press that Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) will sign an executive order on Monday.

The order says people must have access to single-sex facilities consistent with their gender identity at city facilities, including offices, parks, pools and recreation centers.

No identification or proof of gender would need to be shown.

De Blasio, a Democrat, says access to bathrooms is a fundamental right that should not be restricted.

City public schools already have separate rules allowing students to use restrooms according to their gender identity.

An estimated 25,000 transgender or gender non-conforming people live in New York City.