06/11/2015 02:45 pm ET | Updated Jun 11, 2015

Boston Establishes Gender-Neutral Bathrooms In City Hall

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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh (D) signed an executive order on Thursday establishing gender-neutral bathrooms in City Hall.

"Boston thrives on diversity, and is an inclusive city," Walsh said in a statement. "This change will foster a safe and welcoming environment for employees and visitors, and will go a long way as we continue to work towards improving the lives of those who love and call Boston home."

The availability of gender-neutral bathrooms has become a priority for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocates, who say that transgender people often face hardship when having to choose a bathroom option that may not match their gender identity.

Other cities that have taken steps mandating the availability of gender-neutral bathrooms include Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas.

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