Visitors to national parks are free to use whichever public restroom they believe matches their gender identity, the Department of Interior says.

“As it relates to recently passed state laws relating to the transgender community, visitors to public lands and water sites are welcome to use restrooms that best align with their gender identity,” an Interior Department spokesperson told The Daily Signal in an email.

But a national policy expert says visitors to national parks should be concerned that others can enter the restroom of their choice regardless of their biological sex.

“It is troubling because national parks have traditionally been family-friendly destinations,” said Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Washington-based Family Research Council, which advocates conservative social values. “Now women and girls will have to worry about sharing a restroom with biological males.”

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