May 2016


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Annual NCCJ Western Massachusetts Human Relations Award Banquet Approaches

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 1:31pm -- [email protected]

(Springfield, MA) – NCCJ (The National Conference for Community and Justice), a nonprofit working to promote inclusion and acceptance as it advances social justice efforts to build communities that are respectful and just for all, will present its 2016 Annual Human Relations Awards on Thursday, June 9, 2016.

Gender-Neutral Bathrooms: Some Ways to Meet Everyone's Needs

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 11:10am -- [email protected]
By Amanda Siskind - NCCJ Contributor


On October 24th, 2013, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed into law legislation that requires all new or renovated city-owned buildings to have gender neutral bathrooms. The number and location of these bathrooms is dependent on how the building is used. The new law does not mandate any change in the current bathrooms of any buildings unless they are legislated.

The law has not passed without controversy. The most common concerns are comfort and safety. Having gender neutral bathrooms, it is said, will make many people who are now forced to use the bathroom with people of other genders uncomfortable, and will increase verbal harassment or even physical assault (these hypothetical scenarios often place women as the victims) in these bathrooms.