How do you feel about unisex bathrooms? Since the rise of gender-neutral restrooms in the recent years, Americans have had mixed feelings about the co-ed facilities. While advocates view the restrooms as all-inclusive and even a human right, others express a greater sense of vulnerability and discomfort in public multi-user.
There’s a pizza joint in North Carolina, however, that knows exactly where they stand on the matter and even brought one mother to tears.
She was having lunch with her teen, who has a disability, at Pure Pizza in North Carolina. When it was time to take her teen to the restroom, she came to notice that the restaurant had a unisex bathroom and couldn’t help but get emotional.
The woman told Juli Ghazi, the owner of Pure Pizza, she didn’t feel “comfortable” taking her teenage son in the ladies room and was beyond grateful to see the gender-neutral restroom.
It was that incident that encouraged Ghazi to post up the sign that’s now getting recognition from so many costumers, she tells WCNC News.
Placed on the unisex bathroom door is a sign that read:
“We have a unisex bathroom because sometimes gender specific toilets put others into uncomfortable situations.
And since we have a lot of our friends coming to see us, we wanted to provide a place for our friends who are:
Single Dads with daughters
Single Moms with sons
Parents with disabled children
Those in the LGBTQ community
Adults with aging parents who may be mentally/physically disabled
Thank you for helping us to provide a safe environment for everyone.”
Ghazi says she wants to bring awareness to how she really feels about these unisex bathrooms. “My hope is to shine a light that it’s not ‘dirty perverts’ or ‘molesters’ eager to hang out in a unisex bathroom, but individuals that have legitimate reasons to be there, and for others to find compassion rather than animosity.”
Unisex bathrooms have yet to be integrated in all public locations, but with so much positivity they’re receiving, we won’t be surprised if more develop in the years to come!
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