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Yelp Now Helps You Find Gender Neutral Bathrooms

Dave Parrack 03-03-2017

Yelp is adding a new attribute to business listings. This means that, alongside the ability to see whether a business accepts credit cards, serves alcohol, and is accessible to wheelchairs Google Maps Is Now Wheelchair Friendly Google has added information regarding wheelchair accessibility to Google Maps. And it's all thanks to the company's famed "20% time". Read More , users will now be able to see whether a business offers gender-neutral bathrooms.


Thanks to this additional information, Yelp users will, at a glance, be able to see whether a business offers gender-neutral bathrooms. This information, which will be listed alongside a range of other attributes, will be available on both the desktop and mobile versions of Yelp.

Yelp Defines Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

Yelp is also adding the option to search for businesses which offer gender-neutral bathrooms. This will help people who exclusively use gender-neutral bathrooms, or those who strongly support their use, to know what to expect ahead of actually visiting the business in question.

Yelp regards a restroom as being gender-neutral if it’s a “locking, single-stall bathroom accessible to persons of any gender”. This reflects the fact that more businesses are ripping out their designated male and female restrooms in favor of stalls available to all genders.

Yelp will collect this information in two ways. Business owners can simply log into their user account and edit the “Gender Neutral Restrooms” attribute. Meanwhile, users who check into or review businesses will be asked, “Does this business have Gender Neutral Restrooms?”

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Do you view the attributes of businesses on Yelp before visiting? Which attributes have you actively searched for? Is the issue of gender-neutral bathrooms important to you? Are you pleased to see Yelp adding this information? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Fik-of-Borg
    March 4, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Having gender seggregated spaces today is like the separate areas for males and females in some movie theaters, churchs, schools and other public places a century ago. Like those then, all rest rooms / locker rooms can and should be gender neutral.

    Build a row of closed stalls to do your private business (and showering or changing, if a locker room). These stalls do not need to be much bigger than the stalls used now, and the cost of the additional space for the stalls would be offset by the gain of having just one rest room / locker room for everyone.
    Then a big common space for the not-private activities like changing diapers, wash hands and face, gossip, etc. This can be a doorless open space, or maybe behind a transparent wall.

    There, problem solved. Let's get back to real issues. You are welcome.

  2. Fred Thompson
    March 4, 2017 at 5:39 am

    yelp....that's so Obama's first term...

  3. Flabbergasted
    March 4, 2017 at 2:24 am

    This is one of the stupidest things I ever heard.

  4. KT
    March 4, 2017 at 1:38 am

    That would be hysterical if someone put a rough biker bar on that list as a joke. Seriously though, as polarizing as this issue is, the increased threat of perverts treating it like kids in a candy store can not be disregarded.

    • tanya carnahan {transgender}
      March 4, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      can you tell me one time a man dressed as a girl came in the bathroom and raped or killed a woman or girl or even a boy for that matter inside a women's bathroom ? they're has not been one account of it so there is no merit to what you are saying ..

      • RSmith
        March 6, 2017 at 12:43 am

        why do they have to be dressed as a girl? All they need to say is that they identify as a female and its OK, right?

  5. D R Wood
    March 3, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    I'm just tickled sh**tless (no pun intended) over this one!!!!!!!