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How California’s gender-neutral bathroom law is being implemented in greater Long Beach

The City of Lakewood implemented gender-neutral bathrooms at their city-owned, single-user facilities before a California law went into effect. Photo: City of Lakewood.

California law requires all single-user restrooms post signage indicating they are gender neutral.

State Assembly Bill 1732 went into effect March 1, but the law doesn’t give a timeline for compliance. Cities are given flexibility for implementation.

For example, Long Beach began installing gender-neutral restroom signage last month for it’s 120 single-user public bathrooms.

The city will enforce the law for businesses based on complaints.

Also, the city will verify compliance for all new construction or remodeling projects with single-user bathrooms on a case-by-case basis as applications are reviewed by the city.

Here’s how neighboring cities are complying with the law.

BELLFLOWER

Bellflower’s seven single-user restrooms already have the appropriate signage, said Art Bashmakian, director of planning and building services.

Cerritos is complying with California law at its one single-user, city-owned bathroom. Photo: City of Cerritos

CERRITOS

Cerritos’ only single-user bathroom at Iron-Wood Nine Golf Course is in compliance with the law, said city spokeswoman Laurie Kajiwara.

DOWNEY

Downey officials could not be reached for comment.

LAKEWOOD

Lakewood was ahead of the law, said Bill Grady, the city’s spokesman.

Lakewood has four single-user restrooms in city-owned facilities, and, prior to March 1, they were gender neutral, he said.

PARAMOUNT

Paramount has 12 single-user restrooms in public facilities, and the city is in the process of complying with the proper signage, said Paramount spokesman Chris Callard.

SIGNAL HILL

Signal Hill officials could not be reached for comment.

SEAL BEACH

Seal Beach officials could not be reached for comment.

Bellflower, Cerritos, Lakewood and Paramount will enforce the law for businesses through complaints or verify compliance during the review or inspection process of new construction or remodeling projects with single-user bathrooms.

The City of Paramount is in the process of complying with California’s law on gender-neutral bathrooms. Photo: City of Paramount.

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Stephanie Thai

Hailing from San Francisco, Stephanie Thai is a Southern Californian transplant. She spends her time writing, reading, and eating wherever she can, though not in that order. On her downtime, Thai takes 12-hour cat naps, hikes urban trails, and frequents travel websites to entertain her expensive hobby of traveling the globe.

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