by Penny Starr, CNS News:
A new website is offering an app to help transgender and other “gender nonconforming individuals” find “safe restroom access” across the United States of America.
“REFUGE is a web application that seeks to provide safe restroom access for transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming individuals,” the “website stated. “When the Safe2Pee website passed out of functionality it left a hole in our hearts.
“REFUGE picks up the torch where Safe2Pee left off and makes the valuable resource available to those who find themselves in need of a place to pee safely once again,” it stated. “Users can search for restrooms by proximity to a search location, add new restroom listings, as well as comment and rate existing listings.
“We seek to create a community focused not only on finding existing safe restroom access but also looking forward [sic] and participating in restroom advocacy for transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming folk,” the website stated.
The website is linked to a New York Times article published on Nov. 5 that states access to bathrooms is the “latest civil rights issue” for the homosexual rights movement.
“With the issues of serving openly in the military and same-sex marriage now largely resolved, the fight for all-gender restrooms has emerged as the latest civil rights issue in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (L.G.B.T.) community — particularly the “T” part,” The Times reported.
The article points out that many cities have passed ordinances requiring “single-user, all-gender” bathrooms, including Philadelphia, which has launched an online “Gotta Go Guide” website to help locate these facilities.
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