- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signing of anti-discrimination rules for New York City facilities (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed an order saying people visiting New York City facilities must be able to use restrooms or locker rooms consistent with their gender identity.

The order says people must have access to single-sex facilities consistent with their gender identity at city facilities, including offices, parks, pools and recreation centers.

No identification or proof of gender would be required.

De Blasio, a Democrat, said Monday that every New Yorker should feel safe and welcome - and that starts with city buildings. He says access to bathrooms is a fundamental right.

The city’s public schools already have separate rules allowing students to use restrooms according to their gender identity.

An estimated 25,000 transgender or gender non-conforming people live in New York City.

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8 a.m.

NEW YORK - New York City’s mayor is expected to sign an order saying people visiting city facilities must be able to use restrooms or locker rooms consistent with their gender identity.

City officials tell The Associated Press that Mayor Bill de Blasio will sign an executive order on Monday.

The order says people must have access to single-sex facilities consistent with their gender identity at city facilities, including offices, parks, pools and recreation centers.

No identification or proof of gender would need to be shown.

De Blasio, a Democrat, says access to bathrooms is a fundamental right that should not be restricted.

City public schools already have separate rules allowing students to use restrooms according to their gender identity.

An estimated 25,000 transgender or gender non-conforming people live in New York City.

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