Public Men's Restrooms in New York City Will now be Required to Have Diaper Changing Stations
No more excuses not to change that diaper.
New York City has taken a steps towards gender equality when it comes to one important issue – diaper changing. Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a new bill into law this week that requires all new public restrooms be outfitted with diaper changing stations, and yes, that includes men’s restrooms as well. As many parents are likely well aware of, public diaper changing stations have usually been confined to solely women’s bathrooms.
Councilman Rafael Espinal came up with the idea for the bill after seeing a father use a public restroom sink to change his baby’s diaper. According to the New York Daily News, the city’s First Lady Chirlane McCray wrote a poem about men changing diapers for the bill signing at City Hall. Several babies attended the event, including newborn Alejandro Reynoso, son of Councilman Antonio Reynoso.
The law will take effect in 180 days – plenty of time for all of New York City’s fathers to refine their diaper-changing skills. While you’re keeping up with the news, be sure to read about the artists reimagining H&M’s racist “monkey” sweatshirt into positive images.
Newsflash: it’s the 21st century – dads change diapers now. But it’s not always easy for men to find a changing station. That’s wrong – it bakes in gender stereotypes and inhibits men from being able to step up as dads. pic.twitter.com/4CiN3XkNgd
— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) January 9, 2018
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