Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP) , which has been a reliable source of information, is expanding. The crowdsourcing platform has added a new knowledge base that will enable the identification of gender-neutral bathrooms. The restrooms will be accessible to any gender in locking, single-stall bathroom.
The app will be able to sort businesses to display only those with a gender-neutral bathroom or as per the user’s wish.
Everyone is asking, how will the information be put together?
Apparently, Yelp will be applicable on both desktop and mobile versions of the site, which collects data from both users and business owners. The app will then indicate whether or not the selected places have gender-neutral bathrooms.
However, the business owners also have an opportunity of edit information on their listings depending on what they wish to offer their clients. Eventually, the clients can settle on their liking.
The gender-neutral bathrooms issue has received immense attention
President Obama had allowed transgender public school students to use the bathroom of their preference. However, this is likely to become a thing of the past with Trump administration given that the president’s decision to revoke guidance. This has been received with so much resistance by various tech giants.
The likes of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Dropbox, and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) have had their CEO’s conquer with a letter published by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) gusting out North Carolina’s “bathroom law”
Jack Dorsey, Twitter, and Square CEO stated, “Rolling back rights for transgender students is wrong. Twitter and Square stand with the LGBTQ community, always.” Meanwhile, a coalition of 53 has moved to court to challenge the refusal of a Virginia student, Gavin Grimm from using the school bathroom that is in respect to his gender identity.
Rachel Williams, Yelp’s head of diversity and inclusion says that they will o anything to ensure the student gets his rights. They are also optimistic that the app will help many others that may have shied away from moving to court seeking justice. Meanwhile, Yelp’s stock closed at $33.37 a fall of $0.63 or 1.85%.