The Baltimore Arts Museum names new gender-neutral restrooms after John Waters

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) on Wednesday dedicated its new genders for all genders to famed filmmaker and native Baltimore John Waters.

The museum’s John Waters toilets will open to the public on December 12. They are intended as a sign of gratitude to 75-year-old Waters, who is a BMA trustee and wanted the museum 375 works of art at his death. The pieces include works by Andy Warhol, Diane Arbus, Roy Lichtenstein, Cy Twombly and Cindy Sherman as well as from Waters personally, according to The Baltimore Sun.

“Public restrooms make everyone nervous,” the filmmaker and artist said, according to The Sun. “They are unpredictable. They sometimes attract perverts. And they are driven by accidents, just like my favorite contemporary art.”

The gender-neutral toilets are located on the museum’s first floor and have features such as full-length floor-to-ceiling doors, The Sun reported.

“It’s full privacy,” Waters said. “You don’t even know who’s in there. That’s what I call progress.”

The Sun added that a room in the museum’s European galleries was also dubbed “The John Waters Rotunda.”

Gender-related issues have also received attention in the government this week, when the State Department on Wednesday announced that the first U.S. passport with an “X” gender marker had been issued. This initiative followed the department’s June announcement that it would change certain gender requirements and policies in an effort to be more inclusive in the LGBT community.

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