South Oxfordshire District Council is set to bring in a new policy ensuring that all of its buildings have gender-neutral toilets.
The move was approved at an extraordinary council meeting on Tuesday, December 22, after a motion was put forward by Alexandrine Kantor, a Liberal Democrat councillor.
The motion states that the council believes: “Trans men are men, trans women are women, and that non-binary genders are just as valid.
"Trans people deserve respect and autonomy.
"Transphobia has a hugely detrimental impact on the mental health and well-being of trans individuals.
"It is our duty as community leaders who seek to create an open and tolerant society to speak out against transphobia and make clear it will not be tolerated."
The motion also declared: “It is our duty as community leaders who seek to create an open and tolerant society to speak out against transphobia and make clear it will not be tolerated.”
It was seconded by David Rouane, another Liberal Democrat councillor, who said he had been told by trans people “they did not feel accepted as part of our community”.
There were 22 votes in support of the motion, with six abstinences. A Green councillor, an independent councillor and four Conservative councillors abstained from the vote.
One of the councillors to abstain was Conservative member David Bartholomew, who said he had “great concerns about this council spending time discussing matters beyond its remit”.
Cllr Kantor responded: “We have trans people living amongst us and we need to make our society welcoming for them.”
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