North Carolina Pizza Restaurant Receives Praise For Unisex Bathroom (Photo)

| by Karin Sun

A North Carolina pizza establishment is being praised on social media for its gender-neutral bathroom.

Managers at Pure Pizza in Charlotte, North Carolina, posted a photo of a sign that hangs inside the restaurant's unisex bathroom on Facebook over the weekend of Jan. 9-10, WCNC reports. The sign 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. "

The note is signed by Juli Ghazi, the restaurant's owner.

The post had received nearly 600 likes as of Jan. 11, according to WCNC. Posters writing in the comments section are overwhelmingly supportive of the sign, with one user thanking the restaurant for thinking of "everyone's comfort."

Ghazi told WCNC that members of the city's Midwood Plaza community, where the restaurant is located, have also responded positively to the unisex bathroom. 

"About a month ago, a mom who has a disabled teenage son came in for lunch; she teared up when she saw that we offered a unisex bathroom and I had this posted," she said.

She explained that, since the teen had reached puberty, his mother didn't feel comfortable taking him inside women's 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," she added.

In 2014, a human rights group in Washington, D.C., launched a Twitter campaign asking social media users to submit complaints about single-occupancy bathrooms in the city that are not gender-neutral, the DCist reported at the time. All single-occupancy bathrooms in D.C. are required by law to be unisex.

Sources: WCNC, DCist / Photo credit: Larken Egleston/Facebook via WCNC, MyDoorSign

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