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.
Yesterday, Yelp announced its participation in an amicus brief supporting trans student, Gavin Grimm, who filed suit against his local school board for denying him use of the boys’ restroom at his school. Yelp has previously taken a stance on related issues (ref. Arizona, Indiana, Arkansas and North Carolina) because we believe it’s important for the business community to speak up in support of equality for all.
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.