Coffee shop opts for gender neutral bathrooms - WNEM TV 5

Coffee shop opts for gender neutral bathrooms

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Wren Hayes is an assistant manager at The Fix coffee shop in Bay City.

“In this day in age we really need to be open to people expressing themselves and give them options,” Hayes said.

Hayes also considers herself a-gender or gender non-conforming, meaning someone who doesn't identify as a man or woman.

Hayes said since last summer her business has labeled both the men and women's bathroom as gender neutral.

“Laws have been passed that make it difficult or dangerous for people to use a bathroom that aligns with their gender – it’s easier to just say there's a gender neutral bathroom,” Hayes said.

The bathroom signs are meant not only for the transgender community, but for families, like a single mom with her young son.

“If you're gender non-conforming it’s open,” Hayes said. “If you’re a mom with a son or dad with a daughter or have an elderly parent it’s open without judgment.”

Coffee shop customers said it's the first time they've seen signs like this on a bathroom.

Hayes said The Fix is ahead of the times and hopes other businesses begin to follow suit.

“I think it’s a gesture of welcome of openness and friendliness and I hope more businesses and restaurants are open to it to,” Hayes said.

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