press releaseish thing

January 26, 2007

San Francisco, CA

Friday January 26, 2007

For Immediate Release

GROUP LAUNCHES NATIONWIDE GENDER NEUTRAL BATHROOM MASHUP

Several ambitious  genderqueers are working to create a “mashup” style gender neutral bathroom directory.

Fed up violence and harassment faced by gender variant people in public bathrooms, a group based in the San Francisco Bay Area (with contributors/members elsewhere), has launched a nationwide web directory known as safe2pee (safe2pee.org). Having been online for a little over two weeks, the site has received over 300 bathroom submissions in 70 cities.

The project features map plots of bathrooms, a tag cloud, information about accessibility and community features including the ability to comment and add pictures. At a time when similar projects have disappeared, safe2pee hopes to maintain a legacy by mirroring bathroom data elsewhere, and when stable, licensing their web site code as open-source. A project organizer, Bailey X, says that data is available under creative commons, and that the group encourages others to incorporate it into research and other projects. Ze says the project directs development based upon community feedback, “because it is the best way to serve the needs of those who use our site.”

The group, known as Safe2pee.org, promises more features, and resources, including a bathroom action guide and support for international locations, un the near future. They are open to dialogue, feedback and suggestions at info at safe2pee dot org

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