We demand a gender neutral restroom for employees and customers

Samantha Demby
Samantha Demby
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Journalist, community organizer, long-time waitress.

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Samantha Demby is a journalist, community organizer and long-time waitress. She's based between Oaxaca, Mexico and her hometown of Brooklyn, NY. You can find her at her website or on Twitter.

To:[management@company.com]

We demand that [Company] establish a gender neutral restroom to meet the needs of employees and customers with diverse gender identities and expressions.

A 2021 survey of [Company] employees shows that 6 out of 30 employees identify as gender non-binary, as opposed to only 3 in 2020. While no such survey has been conducted for customers, annual sales reports show that millennials and Gen Zers represent the store’s fastest growing consumer group. Statewide referenda on LGBTQ issues demonstrate that this sector overwhelmingly supports equal rights and services for all individuals, regardless of gender identity or expression.

Yet the [Company] store continues to provide only men’s and women’s restrooms. This amounts to a daily discomfort and strain for the growing number of employees and customers who do not identify with either of these categories.

The store has a total of five restrooms: one public women’s restroom and one public men’s restroom; two multi-stall employee restrooms, for women and men, respectively; and one individual restroom for female and family use. We propose conducting an employee and customer use survey to determine which restroom is most suitable for conversion into a gender neutral restroom.

It is important to emphasize that the creation of a gender neutral restroom should not detract from the quality of service for female- and male-identified users. Rather, it is part of a broader process of ensuring that the needs of employees and customers of all gender identities are met. In this sense, we ask [Company] to consider including additional amenities like diaper changing tables in the remaining restrooms if this is necessary to meet users’ needs. The gender neutral restroom should be outfitted with a urinal, a toilet, a dispenser with menstrual supplies, and a diaper changing table.

Providing a safe and comfortable restroom for all individuals is not a fundamentally political issue. Rather, it is an issue of basic respect for the rights and freedoms of all employees and customers. It is time for [Company] to put this respect into practice by creating a gender neutral restroom.

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