Published: Sat, March 04, 2017
Science | By Kerry Wheeler

Yelp to help customers find gender-neutral bathrooms

Yelp to help customers find gender-neutral bathrooms

To gather the information, Yelp will begin asking users if a business they patronize has a gender-neutral bathroom.

"We believe it's important for the business community to speak up when our nation's values are threatened", Rachel Williams, Yelp's head of diversity and inclusion, told the Observer.

It classes a gender-neutral bathroom as a locking, single-stall toilet accessible to people of any gender. Additionally, businesses owners can edit the Gender Neutral Restrooms attribute from their business user account. Both Yelp's desktop and mobile versions should display this information, through details provided by users as well as business owners.

Yelp, ever the butt of jokes regarding poor reviews for some of your favorite eating establishments, does a solid for folks who are often left wondering whether the bathroom facilities at these establishments are gender neutral or not.

The tech industry vocally disavowed North Carolina's controversial bathroom law previous year.

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Former President Barack Obama issued a directive that enabled transgender students in public schools to use restrooms that correspond to their gender identity, but President Donald Trump reversed that guidance on, reported.

Moreover, since REFUGE Restrooms' database is open source, it would be nice to see Yelp open to integrating some of that data into its system, too.

It seems the gender neutral bathroom filter is only part one of Yelp's activism.

Yesterday, Yelp joined 52 tech companies in signing an amicus brief in support of Gavin Grimm, a transgender boy who sued his school board after they denied him the right to use the boy's bathroom. The decision of the case could determine whether transgender people will have the same protections under the sex discrimination law Title IX, and have serious impacts on the future of transgender rights.

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