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03/03/2017 03:40 pm ET

Yelp Can Now Help You Find A Gender-Neutral Toilet

”Yelp thrives on inclusion and acceptance,” the company said.

It’ll help you find cheap tacos in an unfamiliar neighborhood at 2 a.m. And now, it can point you to the ones with gender-neutral bathrooms.

Starting Friday, the crowdsourced review site Yelp is rolling out the ability to search for businesses that have non gender-specific restrooms ― typically private, locking restrooms that are open to people of all genders.

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.” As further evidence of Yelp’s stance, the company highlighted its public support of Gavin Grimm, the transgender teenager whose bathroom case will be heard by the Supreme Court this month.

The bathroom filter won’t work unless Yelpers pitch in, and share information about which businesses have gender-neutral facilities. In addition to the standard categories Yelpers are used to filling in, users will now be prompted to add information about restrooms.

“As that content begins to populate, the ability to filter Yelp searches by businesses that offer gender-neutral restrooms will start to roll out,” Williams explained.

Here’s what that looks like in the Yelp app:

A screenshot of Yelp's new gender-neutral bathroom filtering feature, which began rolling out to users today.
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A screenshot of Yelp's new gender-neutral bathroom filtering feature, which began rolling out to users today.

”Yelp thrives on inclusion and acceptance,” Williams said. “And it’s always the right time to reaffirm this with our community.”

 
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