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Sadiq Khan Scraps Female Showers for 'Gender Neutral' in London City Hall

London Mayor's office drops toilets and showers for women, opens them up to all genders

 on 21st November 2018 @ 12.00pm
london mayor sadiq khan s office expects male and female staff to shower together © press
London Mayor Sadiq Khan's office expects male and female staff to shower together

London Mayor Sadiq Khan's City Hall has scrapped female toilets and showers for female staff, replacing them with "gender neutral" facilities instead.

The changes have prompted concern that the new policy will be rolled out across the rest of London, potentially putting biological women at risk.

Sources inside the headquarters of the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the Mayor of London’s offices reported to Breitbart that the changes have been implemented on the upper floors in some of the staff areas.

According to staff, men's bathrooms have been left unchanged, while women's toilets and showers have been opened up to all genders, with new signs marking them as "gender neutral."

images passed to breitbart show the female facilities have been opened up to all genders © Breitbart
Images passed to Breitbart show the female facilities have been opened-up to all genders

Images passed to Breitbart London show new signs, which are claimed to have appeared this week, reading “Gender Neutral Toilets and Showers.”

Some of the men’s toilets, with urinals, are still marked as for men.

The shower rooms have always been available to both men and women, but the sign on the door previously showed a man and a woman.

The female toilets were previously marked as for females.

Other female toilets on the upper floor were also briefly changed to “gender neutral” before being changed back to “female,” a source said.

Breitbart London spoke to UKIP London Assembly Member and Education spokesman David Kurten, who commented of the changes:

“I often have both male and female visitors coming to see me to discuss London issues.

"Female staff and visitors to London Assembly Members no longer have their own toilet facilities.

“A number of staff told me that they were uncomfortable with the change and are worried about men coming into the toilets while they were using them.

“Nobody would have even considered changing the signs on the toilet doors a few years ago, but now City Hall, under Sadiq Khan as mayor, is willing to risk harming women’s comfort and safety for the sake of a politically correct agenda which the vast majority of the population do not agree with.

“There have always been men’s and women’s toilets, and everybody is happy with it that way apart from a few vociferous activists.

“It is concerning that this may just be the start of a process where all the toilets on the Greater London Estate including at Underground stations, bus stations, police stations, and in the Olympic Park may be replaced by gender-neutral facilities, which may put women at risk.”

staff say they feel unsafe using facilities that can be used by all genders © press
Staff say they feel unsafe using facilities that can be used by all genders

Labour mayor Mr. Khan and City Hall have failed to respond to requests for comment from Breitbart London, and it is not clear at this time who authorized the changes.

However, on November 27th last year, Mr. Khan outlined important measures today… encourag[ing] increased provision of gender-neutral toilets.”

A City hall statement said “gender-segregated” toilets could make the transgendered and “anyone whose gender expression doesn’t conform with traditional gender roles” to “feel uncomfortable or unwelcome.”

The mayor did not mention the concerns of many women’s and feminist groups, which claim women-only spaces are important for biological females to remain safe.

In September, it was revealed that the vast majority of reported sexual assaults at public swimming pools in the UK take place in mixed-gender changing and shower rooms.

Data obtained by The Sunday Times showed that mixed-gender facilities are significantly more dangerous for women and girls than single-sex facilities.

Just under 90 percent of complaints regarding changing room sexual assaults, voyeurism, and harassment are about incidents in mixed-gender facilities and two-thirds of all sexual attacks at leisure centers and public swimming pools take place in mixed-gender changing rooms.

Responding to a question last month about possible changes, the mayor clearly stated his intention to scrap safer, separate toilets and showers.

He said: “There has always been gender inclusive toilet provision in City Hall in the public area on 2nd floor, the Chamber on the 1st floor and in staff areas in the separate toilet/shower rooms.

“However, the signage was not helpful on reflecting that they were gender inclusive.

“We have replaced the signage on 1st and 2nd floors with the word ‘toilet’ and removed the male/female pictograms.

“Replacement signage has been ordered for the staff shower rooms with toilets on staff floors to read ‘gender neutral toilet and shower’ and male/female pictograms will also be removed.

“Unfortunately, it has not been possible to make all toilets gender neutral, due to the configuration and sanitaryware.”

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