Transgender bathroom issue moves to the fore

IN TUNE: More and more, institutions are reconfiguring bathrooms to be more inclusive of transgender people. Shauna Duffy, managing director of Providence’s AS220, is overseeing a renovation project that will include adding a gender-neutral restroom on its first floor.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
IN TUNE: More and more, institutions are reconfiguring bathrooms to be more inclusive of transgender people. Shauna Duffy, managing director of Providence’s AS220, is overseeing a renovation project that will include adding a gender-neutral restroom on its first floor.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Before starting a $4 million remodeling of its Empire Street complex in downtown Providence, leaders of the nonprofit community arts organization AS220 thought carefully about how the bathrooms should be set up. They decided to create a “gender-neutral” bathroom on the first floor, as they put it, “to ensure we are accessible and inclusive.” “We…

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