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A new sticker designates a gender neutral bathroom at Nathan Hale high school Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in Seattle. President Obama?s directive ordering schools to accommodate transgender students has been controversial in some places but since 2012 Seattle has mandated that transgender students be able to use of the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice. Nearly half of the district?s 15 high schools already have gender neutral bathrooms and one high school has had a transgender bathroom for 20 years. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

New rules from Obama will require transgender-friendly bathrooms in federal facilities

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We wanted to make clear that a person can use facilities that match their gender identity, and we think that's a good thing.
Ashley Nash-Hahn, General Services Administration

The Obama administration will announce this week that all federal facilities must allow transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

That will apply to 9,200 properties and about 1 million people, BuzzFeed News reports.  But it won;t include the White House or Capitol building.

That policy will also apply to visitors, according to General Services Administration spokeswoman Ashley Nash-Hahn. 

While similar policies have been backed by the Office of Personnel Management, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Justice Department, some states have resisted allowing transgender people to use bathrooms that match their gender identity. 

But 24 states have sued the Obama administration, calling this policy an overreach, Politico reports.

Obama was praised for the move on Twitter by some users.

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