Charlotte allows transgender people to choose restrooms

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Officials in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County are allowing transgender people to use the bathrooms of their gender identity in city and county-owned facilities.

The Charlotte Observer reports the move comes after Charlotte City Council earlier this year refused to adopt a policy that would have required such an approach by private businesses.

The original proposal was rejected in March after opponents said such a policy could endanger women and children.

The newspaper reports both the city and the county are allowing transgender people to use the bathroom they are comfortable with in city and county-owned property, although neither government has adopted a formal policy.

City Council members had removed the bathroom provision from a nondiscrimination ordinance before the March vote. But the entire policy was still rejected.

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