The introduction of gender-neutral public toilets by some
English councils has been labelled "political correctness
gone barmy" by opponents.
At least two councils have proposed to adopt the new loo code
so as not to "alienate the transgender community", British
newspaper The Daily Telegraph reports.
Under the plans, facilities would not show a "man" or
"ladies" symbol but instead a sign indicating they can be
used by people of all ages and any gender.
Images depicting a man, a woman and a child will be fitted to
"This does seem to be a case of unnecessary bureaucracy and
political correctness," Lynda Hyde, a Tory councillor from
one of the affected areas, told the newspaper.
"Local residents, particularly women with children, would
much prefer to use separate facilities as, apart from
anything else, it is safer."
Work is already under way on the first of the new public
toilets at Brighton, with plans to gradually phase in the new
signage at all facilities.