Yelp adds gender-neutral bathroom finder amid wave of anti-trans laws

Reviews website Yelp has added a gender-neutral bathroom finder, in response to the anti-trans backlash across the US.

The move was announced by Yelp’s Head of Diversity and Inclusion Rachel Williams in a blog post.

She wrote: “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.
Yelp adds gender-neutral bathroom finder amid wave of anti-trans laws

“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.”

In order to collect the information, Yelp will build the option in to its basic settings , where users can also mark venues as wheelchair friendly and note whether they take credit cards.

The news comes at the same time as the business joined a string of tech giants filing an amicus brief supporting trans rights ahead of a Supreme Court battle.

They explained: “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.”