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:
"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