Yelp Rolls Out New Feature Showing Which Businesses Have Gender Neutral Restrooms


With the update, Yelp will officially add "gender-neutral restroom" to its list of business attributes, which appear on a business' page, alongside their hours, reviews and other details.

While President Donald Trump is trying to remove protections for transgender youth who want to use bathrooms that match their gender identities, Yelp is taking a step in the opposite direction to ensure the transgender community feels safe when deciding which businesses to patronize.

Yelp is updating its software so you can find businesses with gender-neutral bathrooms.

Rachel Williams, Yelp's head of diversity and inclusion, told HuffPost in an email the company added the feature "in response to the recent public policy assault on the LGBTQ community".

Yelp, the crowd-sourced company specializing in online reviews, is wading into the national debate over transgender people's bathroom access with a new feature that will enable consumers to search for businesses offering gender-neutral restrooms. Yelp says it defines these restrooms as those that are "accessible to persons of any gender and are a locking, single-stall bathroom".

"The hope is that this feature gets business owners thinking about how they're presenting themselves - who they're supporting and why", Williams said.

Bathrooms in the United States have become a political battleground in recent years.

The bathroom filter won't work unless Yelpers pitch in, and share information about which businesses have gender-neutral facilities.

Yelp is among the dozens of tech companies that yesterday filed an amicus brief in support of Gavin Grimm, a trans student who is now involved in a United States Supreme Court case over bathroom access.

It's super neat to know that Yelp is helping to normalize the idea of gender neutral bathrooms. Grimm's case is set to be heard by the Supreme Court later this month and could set a new legal standard about whether transgender people are protected under Title IX.