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Yelp to add 'gender neutral' bathroom markers to app

Yelp adds gender neutral bathroom locator to its interface.
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Review site Yelp Is supporting the transgender community by adding a whole new service to its interface.

The company is helping trans folks in their search for businesses which offer accommodations for people who want to use the restroom of their choice.

Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Rachel Williams of Yelp, released a blog post unveiling the new feature:

“Today we’ve begun rolling out a new business attribute that helps users identify businesses that offer gender neutral restrooms to patrons. 

What constitutes a gender neutral restroom, you ask? Gender neutral restrooms are accessible to persons of any gender and are a locking, single-stall bathroom. On desktop and mobile versions of Yelp, users will be able to see whether or not a business offers gender-neutral bathrooms to patrons.

We will also be rolling out the ability to search for businesses on Yelp by the Gender Neutral Restrooms attribute in the weeks to come.

Yelp will collect this information from users and business owners in two ways.

We will begin asking users who check into or review businesses like restaurants and retail shops if those establishments offer restrooms that are gender neutral.

Additionally, business owners can edit the Gender Neutral Restrooms attribute from their business user account.”

Continuing on in the blog, Williams says Yelp joined in the amicus brief in support of Gavin Grimm because, “we believe it’s important for the business community to speak up in support of equality for all,” she wrote.

Although this service may lead to some public backlash for businesses, and perhaps negative ratings, Yelp maintains they are advocates for equality.

Writes Williams, “At Yelp we thrive on inclusion and acceptance, and we hope that our support for Gavin’s case and the addition of this new business attribute will help our friends in the LGBTQQIA community.”