- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it had opened a gender-neutral bathroom for staff and visitors within the White House complex.

The newly designated restroom will be located in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, where much of the White House staff works, Politico reported.

The restroom is the latest in a series of symbolic steps the president has taken to protect the rights of LGBT individuals, following an executive order that bans discrimination against LGBT employees of companies that contract with the federal government, Politico reported.

“The White House allows staff and guests to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity, which is in keeping with the administration’s existing legal guidance on this issue and consistent with what is required by the executive order that took effect today for federal contractors,” said White House spokesman Jeff Tiller. “In addition, an all-gender restroom is also available in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which provides guests and staff an additional option.”

On Wednesday, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett lauded the president’s LGBT executive order in an op-ed for The Advocate.

“The president is determined to lead by example,” Ms. Jarrett wrote. “He has hired more openly LGBT Americans to serve in his administration than any other in history. And we have closely examined our internal policies on everything from benefits, to restroom access, to how we invite people to events, to ensure that everyone who enters this building feels safe and fully respected.”

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