Archive for February, 2014

safe2pee is dead. long live safe2pee.

February 3, 2014

UPDATE: Some folks in the community have offered to take over and continue our mission! Safe2pee lives on through Refuge Restrooms.

Dear Community,

We appreciate all of the support, assistance and feedback we have received over the years. We feel grateful to have been a small part of a much greater movement advocating for gender neutral restrooms — raising awareness in the media, building alliances and working with so many individuals, organizers, college campuses, businesses, cities, LGBTQ groups around the world.

Started as a way to serve those in San Francisco, this project went so much further than we ever expected, and we remain in awe of the thousands of bathroom submissions it received. We chuckled at parodying our local startup scene and at drawing ire from a conservative commentator or two, feel especially proud to have shown safe2pee at the Museum of Modern Art. We tried our best to remain in the background and out of the way, to make safe2pee about providing an inclusive community resource, not about the people involved.

After working on this effort for the better part of a decade it’s time for us to move on. We love this project, but our core crew has been consumed by life and with other struggles and endeavors; lately, we haven’t given safe2pee the attention it deserves. Some of our code was written in 2005 and desperately needs to be re-done from scratch. And web based mapping, mobile have matured from clunky interfaces and hack-y mash-ups to well developed, mature spaces.

As we disband, we encourage you to go forth, collaborate and make the next safe2pee something the community can be really proud of: a spectacular open-source, non-commercial resource for everyone.

For the time-being our domain will remain pointed here, we are happy to link to developing gender neutral bathroom projects that are non-commercial and community focused in nature. You are welcome to use our database and mobile code as a starting point for your project. We are open to passing our name and domain along, if you would like to contact us, share your bathroom mapping effort, assume our name/domain, or have any other questions please email info at safe2pee.org.

Thank you, we truly appreciate everything the community has done for us, this site would not have existed without you!

We bid you adieu and wish you all the best,
Genderqueer Hackers

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