We’re a big fan of unisex bathrooms. Gender binary facilities make many people uncomfortable, such as those whose gender identities are fluid as well as those who are caring for someone of a different gender who need to accompany their charge to the restroom.
That’s why we love businesses like Pure Pizza in Charlotte, N.C. who make sure that everyone feels comfortable using their restrooms by making their facilities unisex. And, in case there was any blowback, the restaurant recently posted the following note on the wall of their unisex bathroom to shut down any potential opposition.
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The note – written in a friendly tone and signed by the owner of Pure Pizza, Juli Ghazi – reads:
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.
“About a month ago, a mom who has a disabled teenage son came in for lunch,” Ghazi told NBC Charlotte of a customer who didn’t feel comfortable taking her son into the women’s restroom since he’d already reached puberty. “She teared up when she saw that we offered a unisex bathroom and I had this posted.”
Major props to Pure Pizza and Juli Ghazi for not only providing a safe space for all their customers (or, as Ghazi puts it, their friends), but saying with one simple note that this service is simply indicative of catering to basic human rights. We hope other establishments follow suit sooner rather than later, but one thing’s for sure: We know where we’re stopping for lunch the next time we’re in Charlotte.
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