THE BLOG
04/29/2016 04:14 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

My Take on the Target Debate: Thank You Kroger!

Thank you Kroger for being sensitive of the rights of all of your customers and coming up with a common sense solution. Your decision to create a single use unisex bathroom option in addition to the traditional male/female restrooms is a huge help for me and I wish more stores would follow your example.

I am one of the people who doesn't always feel comfortable using traditional male/female bathrooms. As the mother of an adult son with disabilities, using public bathrooms has often been very difficult. My son is 23 but intellectually he is much younger and he is very curious about new people and what they are doing. When I am with him in public without my husband or sons, taking him to the restroom is a serious problem. It would not be safe or appropriate for me to have him use a public restroom by himself. I can't take him into the ladies' room with me because it would (appropriately) make the women and girls in there uncomfortable, and I can't go into the men's room because I don't want to go in there and it would make the men uncomfortable. I need to keep my son safe without infringing on the rights of the other customers. There aren't many stores that think about people like my son but Kroger does. Thank you Kroger!
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Kroger gets it. They created a single use Unisex bathroom for their customers who can't or don't feel comfortable using the traditional male/female restrooms. This is a restroom that I can take my son into without violating the privacy of others. This is such a relief. It is so nice to shop at a store that cares about my privacy and my son's safety. They care about the rights and needs of all of their customers. According to Time Magazine, Kroger's policy states, "Since we have a lot of our friends coming to see us, we want to provide a place for our friends who are dads with daughters, moms with sons, parents with disabled children, those in the LGBTQ community, adults with aging parents who may be mentally or physically disabled. Thank you for helping us to provide a safe environment for everyone!"

Rather than boycotting stores I disagree with, I am choosing to support the stores who are going out of their way to respect all of their customers. So I might shop at Target again someday (though not if I think anyone in my family would have to use the bathroom), but I will be loyal to the stores who have shown they respect me. I appreciate that Kroger cares about all of their customers and that they showed their commitment by putting their money where their mouth is and creating single use unisex bathrooms. Thank you Kroger for making me feel like my son is safe and welcome! Kroger stores will be seeing even more of me!

Are there other stores that do this? I would love to have a list of places that are "safe" for me to take my son when my husband and sons aren't with me.