Brookline, Mass. becomes first municipality in nation to have free tampons in public men’s rooms

Brookline, Mass. becomes first municipality in nation to have free tampons in public men’s rooms

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Brookline is poised to become the first municipality in the nation to have free tampons and pads in public restrooms.

At town meeting Thursday, Brookline residents voted to approve the measure, which will go into effect in July 2021.

Restrooms in public buildings — including town hall, libraries and parks — will have menstrual products in both male and female bathrooms — as not all people who have a period identify as female.

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The Brookline School Committee will have to approve the measure to have it apply to public schools.

Brookline High School students first raised the issue last year in a column in the student newspaper, and it was proposed by town meeting member Rebecca Stone on behalf of the students.

“The students contend that a natural bodily function regularly experienced by 52% of the population should be treated not as an issue only for those struggling economically, but the same way we treat other daily public hygiene needs: with free, accessible sanitary products,” Stone wrote.

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