While some states, including California and New York, have passed laws requiring single-occupancy bathrooms to be gender-neutral, a plethora of businesses, including restaurants, are opting to ditch signs indicating separate men's and women's restrooms. Instead, customers are seeing "gender-neutral" signs, according to Refuge Restrooms, which lists every public, all-gender restroom in the United States. The website reported that there are 4,500 such public restrooms in the country, and that number is growing fast.
While many of the signs simply say, "all-gender" or "gender-neutral," some organizations have decided to add a little humor to their signs, aware it is somewhat of a contentious issue, according to Impact-Products, which has a new Personal Care Division manufacturing products specifically for restrooms. It recently uncovered what it described as the Top 5 five gender-neutral signs:
- Lou or Lulu? Any loo will do (Found in a Goddess and the Baker Restaurant, Chicago)
- Blokes or Birds Restroom (Seen in a Virgin Hotel in Chicago)
- We Don't Care (Located in a San Francisco office building)
- Whichever! (Several U.S. locations)
- Pointers and Setters (Uncovered at a roadside restaurant stop in Illinois)
"Whatever the sign, humorous or not, we believe restroom users should always have a positive restroom experience," said Amy Seretsky, product manager at Impact Products. "Clean restrooms, well stocked, including feminine hygiene products and dispensers, are always needed [and] will always be wanted no matter who uses the restroom or what the sign says on the door."
Topics: Trends / Statistics
Cherryh Cansler / Before joining Networld Media Group as director of Editorial, where she oversees Networld Media Group's nine B2B publications, Cherryh Cansler served as Content Specialist at Barkley ad agency in Kansas City. Throughout her 17-year career as a journalist, she's written about a variety of topics, ranging from the restaurant industry and technology to health and fitness. Her byline has appeared in a number of newspapers, magazines and websites, including Forbes, The Kansas City Star and American Fitness magazine. She also serves as the managing editor for FastCasual.com.