CLEVELAND: City Council Unanimously Approves Trans Restroom Rights Days Ahead Of GOP Convention

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports:

Cleveland City Council on Wednesday passed legislation empowering transgender people to choose whichever restroom, shower or locker room aligns with their gender identity, without fear of discrimination.

The measure was introduced in 2013 as part of a package of ordinances that update the city’s existing anti-discrimination laws to include the transgender community.

The legislation removes a passage from the existing nondiscrimination ordinance that allowed for owners of private business with “public accommodations” to discriminate based on a person’s gender identity or expression and dictate which bathroom a person should use, “provided reasonable access to adequate facilities is available.”

The Human Rights Campaign reacts:

“While national Republican leaders are doing everything possible to relegate LGBTQ people to second-class citizens, the Cleveland City Council is standing up and sending the world a different message — that Cleveland is a welcoming city and won’t tolerate discrimination against transgender people,” said HRC Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. “We commend City Council members for setting a pro-equality example for other cities and states by soundly rejecting the dangerous, fear-mongering rhetoric many anti-equality activists are peddling across the country.”

“This action by the City Council delivers on the promise of the Gay Games,” said Alana Jochum, Executive Director of Equality Ohio. “Cleveland is now a world class city with laws that foster a culture of inclusion. When the world is watching Cleveland on television, whether it’s the NBA Finals or the Republican National Convention, they’re seeing a city that is welcoming of LGBTQ people.”

Cleveland now joins 19 states and more than 100 cities that have explicit non-discrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in public accommodations, housing and employment. Columbus and Cincinnati also have similar protections in place.

  • Herald

    Thank you for some wonderful news and from Cleveland, Ohio no less!


    How to bitch slap an elephant.

    • oikos
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    • MarkOH

      LOL, as a Clevelander, I COULDN’T have said it better!

  • bdsmjack

    Great Happy Hour news! Cheers, Cleveland and F U Republicans!

  • oikos

    While I don’t wish any person harm, I would love it if trans people had their own convention in Cleveland next week.

    • OdieDenCO

      with a side of drag queen beauty pageant / bar crawl to go with

  • WeRTheSquirrels


  • Lumpy Gaga

    Now they’re gonna learn what ‘open carry’ REALLY means.

  • djcoastermark

    Sometimes my birthtown mistake on the lake, pulls through and corrects the mistaken moniker. Way to go Cleveland !

  • Friday

    I’d say the day after the convention or at least holding off announcing would be better, we get to watch drunk Young Republicans in bad drag with selfie sticks and Bibles trying to prove something.

    • clay

      I see your point,
      but I also want it to take effect next Monday.

    • nowhereman

      True that. The only men who are putting on women’s clothing and going into women’s restrooms to hassle women and girls are the usual suspects–straight white conservative christian men. Well–males. I wouldn’t call them real men. I’m surprised that James O’Keefe hasn’t done an in depth video documenting it.

      • Friday

        Of course most of the people actually being harrassed are assaulted over these things aren’t even transwomen, never mind hate-caricatures of them. It’s ciswomen whose hair is too short for some Christianist.

      • clay

        Guy just got arrested in Ammon, Idaho for taking pics of a woman in a Target (of course) unisex changing room (from over the top of the door, why not from under?). He claimed to be a trans-woman, but has no female public persona to back that up.

        • Friday

          Pretty sure Righties getting arrested for acting out talking points in Idaho would go over better if there were actually public accomodations protections there. Supposedly someone tried that in North Carolina, too, where of course the whole news story is about there being *explicitly* no protections there. Some aren’t so bright.

  • anne marie in philly

    YAYZ!!!!! SUCK IT, GOP and xstain h8ers!

  • bkmn

    We need to put up a few of these posters around town.

    • clay

      Let’s see if Disqus will allow THIS pic.

  • StraightGrandmother

    Well since Caitlyn Jenner will be in Cleveland (but not at the convention) during this same time, I guess she can use the restroom without any hassles then.

    Although 19 States have non discrimination laws the other 31 do NOT. But a win is a win is a win.

    • Jerry

      T-shirt seen today: I am Minogue, You are Jenner.

    • kirtanloorii

      I remember same sex marriage having less than half the states just about 2 years ago. I can’t wait to see where we stand 2 years from now.

    • Six Pins Delores

      She is garbage. Hopeful that she finds no place to relieve herself

  • JT

    Now Divana won’t have to hold it in.

    • oikos

      She’s yuuuuuge!

      • Octavio

        She’s channeling Leona Helmsley.

        • oikos

          Only the little people release their tax returns.

          • nowhereman

            You’re very quick on your feet!

          • oikos

            On occasion. 😉

          • clay

            Only the little people pay their taxes.

    • margaretpoa

      That wig is orders of magnitude better than the rug he’s wearing now.

      • clay

        It’s not a wig!
        It’s just . . . highly engineered.

        • fuzzybits

          It’s all scaffolding.

  • Octavio

    That’s nice. 🙂

  • JustSayin’

    Tony PerKKKins and other delegates now have a problem of whom to piss besides…if i only knew 200 very butch FTM’s who would be willing to lurk in the convention hall bathrooms just to fuck with the bigots

    • AtticusP

      Tony has probably had all of his nether orifices sewn up.

      The explosion–when it comes–should be epic!

    • nowhereman

      I look very androgynous–I could keep ’em going all day…

      • Todd20036

        Really? That sounds hot

    • Greg B.

      Tony wants to know that when he’s tapping his foot on the floor there’s a dick that’s been attached since birth on the other side of that partition.

  • So many hookers and so much blow are on the way to Cleveland now.

    • nowhereman

      I hope that a lot of these hypocritical jerks get busted with male “escorts”.

      • Tor

        I understand the sentiment, but those male escorts could use a boost to their businesses. Leave them alone. Female escorts, too.

  • AtticusP

    Thank you, Cleveland City Council!

    Now head for higher ground.

    Winter is coming…

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Cait can pee!

  • nowhereman

    …And GOPTP heads all across the nation explode.

  • Gigi

    We should organize a group wedding ceremony with same-sex couples in the parking lot. I’d gladly remarry my husband. Who’s with me? I’ll make all of the arrangements.

  • margaretpoa

    Okay now that’s funny! I guess the Republicans will have to institute private potty patrols to make sure delegates and guests won’t have to encounter any trans persons using the restroom. I recommend calling them “PP Patrols” for short.

    • clay

      Make sure that none of those female delegates band together and take over a men’s room when their line gets too long.


      • Tor

        If I were a woman, I’d totally do that!

    • Tor

      Other than Caitlyn, I’m pretty sure there won’t be any other trans-folk there.

  • i probably find this funnier than most people. it’s a mess here, RNC notwithstanding. there’s so much that doesn’t work, isn’t working, is all fucked up… i like this town, it’s cheap and integrated and friendly. but there are parts that are really messed up. the city council is one of them.

    my councilmember rox. if i liked cock in my mouth, i would suck his. he’s beautiful, intelligent, progressively radical, black, not into religion that much. sigh. if only they were all like him. he likes equality for us too, despite the fact that on the side, he’s a str8 horndog. or maybe, that’s why he likes us. 😉

    anyway, it’s totally true the RNC thing is fucking up this city even more than it already is. i’m so depressed. the money, the waste, the fascism. i’m told that bostonian progressives fought off an Olympics. good for them. where ever you live, if your leaders start talking about hosting something like this, work hard to make sure that doesn’t happen. these are the days when Security Theatre rules all. and nutbags with gunz are everywhere. do not be here starting on Sunday.

    • TrollopeReader

      …even the boston brahmins fought off the olympics ,,

      • Todd20036

        DC turned it down. Fuck that Fubaric mess

    • Silver Badger

      We turned the Olympics down in Denver, too.

    • lymis

      Sounds like the RNC won’t have the money to pay the bills for their shindig, either.

  • Statistics Palin

    Time to buy stock in Depends! Phylis Schlaffly and Stacy Dash can use the shrubbery.

    • Mark Neé Fuzz

      I bet Schlafly’s piddle will be especially toxic to the privet hedge.

      • Statistics Palin

        Does she pee
        a) agent orange
        b) dioxin
        c) depleted uranium
        d) all of the above

        • TrollopeReader

          a/ and c/ …..she sends a/ to The Donald on a weekly basis for hair / skin coloring….

        • NancyP

          Dioxin from Times Beach (local suburb), DU from former nuclear site in Weldon Springs (another local suburb). Maybe Agent Orange – did Monsanto make Agent Orange locally?

      • fuzzybits

        Probably a grunt and then a cloud of dust.

      • Gianni

        Oh, boy! An image of Phyllis Schlafly squatting.

        • clay

          I’m not sure her hips can move that way anymore.

  • Mark Neé Fuzz

    Dangerous days for using the potty in Cleveland coming up. You know many of the convention types will be packing heat wherever permitted. Not in the Quicken Loans Arena of course but over at Target when they’re buying condoms and lube for their Grindr dates.

  • Greg B.

    Great news. This means that all of the trans people attending the convention, such as Caitlin and…um… ok it means that Caitlin can use the restroom corresponding to her gender identity.

  • Sk3ptic

    I’m sure Caitlyn will be relieved. Ba-dum bum.

  • TrollopeReader

    Gustav2 …. was that Tony Perkins head flying overhead? Someone called in an odd object flying over Ohio ….

  • Baby Dave

    Great. Caitlyn will have a place to pee at the GOP convention.

    Listen, can’t the City Council vote to ban Republicans from using restrooms? Lets just close all the bathrooms at the convention. I don’t care if trans people use whatever restroom- or if anyone else uses whatever restroom either- just5 pee wherever there’s a safe place to do it in, frankly.

    I just don’t want to see Republicans in public bathrooms. Larry Craig proved to the world that’s what the real threat is.

    • Tor

      Easy. Public restrooms present a threat to public safety. They all must be closed.

      • Baby Dave

        I remember one time at a Subway restaurant just outside of Albany, I went in just to use their restroom. The clerk insisted that only paying customers were allowed to use their toilet.

        The restaurant was otherwise empty, as was the parking lot… except for one car, obviously the clerk’s. “Great! I’ll just go piss on your car, then.”

        The key to the restroom was immediately handed over.

        • Tor

          Logic always wins.

        • John30013

          As the owner of a small business, I actually have a lot of sympathy for that Subway owner’s policy. It costs money to keep a bathroom stocked and clean. When the general public uses your facilities and doesn’t buy anything from you, that’s real money out of your pocket. I’m sure individual people hardly give it a thought, but if you consider how many people could just walk in off the street every day to use your restroom without generating any income for your business, you can see how the costs can add up.

          Also keep in mind that those costs come out of the business owner’s profits. In my case, we own antique stores (malls, where we rent space to other dealers and take a commission on their sales). After credit card fees, we net about 10% of each sale. If we have to spend $100 a month in supplies for the bathroom, that means we have to sell $1000 worth of merchandise just to pay for those supplies.

          The math is probably similar for restaurant franchisees, who already operate on fairly slim margins. Even if I stop at a corporate McDonald’s or a gas station, if I use the facilities, I always buy something to help offset their cost.

          • The other day I stopped into a “Top Pot – Hand forged donuts” and asked what do I need to buy to get the key? Sometimes, though businesses can piss me off so much I would rather pee my pants – never quite understood why.

          • DaveW

            Uh, no. We the public provide you with streets, security etc for the privilege of selling 20th century junk peddled falsely as antiques. In buenos aires a restaurant by law must open their toilet to the public. It’s called civilization. Want to have a store that the public can get to? Open your toilets!

            I collect Romanesque, gothic and some 18 th c Americana. Your type of “antique” mall has ruined the business. I advocate for an industry standard. No antiques? Can’t lie and use the word in your name. At a recent funeral north of Atlanta we stopped in several. Everyone said go antiquing. As expected, junk shops, used stuff never an antique

            There are about ten actual antique malls in America. I’m sorry if you own one of them. It’s just a sore point for those of us that buy actual antiques-things hundreds of years old and not stamped “made in some off shore sweat shop”

          • John30013

            Uh, we business owners pay taxes too–in the form of sales tax, property tax, and tax on tangible property (i.e., our inventory). Thus we pay for the roads, the police, firefighters, etc. Those aren’t “freebies” from the public.

            And I’m assuming you’ve never been in one of my stores, so I’m going to gloss over your ignorant assessment of our merchandise. Frankly, I’m sorry I got into a conversation with you at all. You don’t seem like a very friendly person.

            Lesson learned, and good day to you.

          • Baby Dave

            So, what kinda car do you drive? Where is it often parked?

  • fuzzybits

    Go Cleveland!

  • Treant

    You go, Cleveland. You get your trans rights on and you show ’em how it’s done.

    Y’know, long’s he doesn’t win, Trump may be the best thing to happen for human rights in the USA in a long time. Who wants to be like…him?

  • Bluto

    As a Pittsburgher this pains me to say but WAY TO GO CLEVELAND!!

  • Jerry

    O.T: Afternoon view,in Ptown: (Sorry for sideways pics).

    • TrollopeReader

      mere minutes away !!!

    • edrex

      heading there next week!

  • Ross

    Cleveland to Republicans:

  • 1Truth1

    Well at least the transgender log cabin republicans will have the right to use the correct facilities.

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    Will they repeal it as soon as Caitlyn is on the plane back to LA?

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Cleveland is cool. This is what the city wants.

  • Silver Badger

    I have it on good authority that the entire city of Cleveland will go up in flames during the Republican Convention. President Obama will declare martial law and cancel the 2016 election. After President Obama becomes President of Life, he will take all of our guns, murder the true Christians and institute Sharia Law.

    Sometimes I wonder why I put up with that man. The stories are entertaining but they repeat themselves a lot. The best thing is that none of those dire predictions ever come true. Comforting, that.

    • lymis

      But as the survivors claw their way out of the smoking rubble, at least they’ll be free to pee where they choose. That’s progress.

      Of course none of that will happen, but frankly, in my opinion, if we HAD to have a President for Life, we could do worse than Obama.

      • Silver Badger

        Damn straight!

  • Robert Conner

    Well, they had to do something for the Log Cabin Republicans.

  • popebuck1

    Caitlyn, of course, was always going to be using the VIP lounge. There was never any chance of her being chased out of the ladies’ room out there with the rabble.

  • JCF
  • Luke Owens

    Brothers and sisters, we have one duty, and one duty only between now and November: prevent ANY Republican from being elected to ANY political position, from President to sanitation engineer!

  • It is not unanimous if 13 voted against – wholey effing damn Cleveland has a city council of [email protected]?!? How do they get anything done?

    • jsolar13

      Hah! It was ordinance number 1446-13. And I just looked it up, and it turns out Cleveland has a more reasonable 17 city council members.

  • Blake Jordan

    How long until the state legislature pulls a North Carolina???

  • Tor

    I. P. Freely.

  • Queequeg

    Good for them! Fuck the Republicans.

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  • david fairfield

    Attention NBA…….

  • billbear1961
  • Cleveland rocks! And that is, both literally and figuratively, a relief. (However I would use the correct public restroom anyway even if the law forbade it).