I’m somewhat surprised that this is happening in Germany, Matthew Harper. I lived in Berlin for 5 years as a young man, so long ago that the Wall was still in place. Something that struck me as an American was how many public restrooms were actually gender neutral. I hadn’t done any thinking about transgender issues then. Few people really had in the mid 80s, but I eventually got used to the idea that public restrooms didn’t need to be gendered to be private and practical. Germans often told me that insisting on strict gender segregation in public restrooms was “very American.”

So, I’m asking myself what changed. I would have thought that a trend toward more gender neutral restrooms would have been a obvious move in Germany. Granted, Bavaria is a lot more culturally conservative than some other parts of Germany, but I’m still a bit surprised.

James Finn is a columnist for the LA Blade, a former Air Force intelligence analyst, an alumnus of Act Up NY, and an agented but unpublished novelist.

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James Finn

James Finn

James Finn is a columnist for the LA Blade, a former Air Force intelligence analyst, an alumnus of Act Up NY, and an agented but unpublished novelist.