A NEW app for iPhone and Android devices that seeks safe public restroom access for trans*, intersex, and gender non-conforming individuals is now available in Australia.

According to the app’s website, Refuge was created so users could search for restrooms by proximity to a search location, add new restroom listings, as well as comment and rate existing listings.

Its aim is to create a community focused not only on finding existing safe restroom access but also looking forward and participating in restroom advocacy for trans*, intersex, and gender non-conforming people.

After starting up in the US, the app is now starting to make its way down under, with a handful of bathrooms displayed in Australia.

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At the time of publishing, Sydney had no recognised safe restroom access listed for the trans* community, with Newcastle being the closest.

On the other hand, Melbourne lists eight around the city (see below), Brisbane has four, Townsville one, Perth three and Adelaide two.

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The app is free and so is the ability to list a safe restroom.

Its creators state that although every trans* person should have the right to use the restroom they want to, they still face verbal and physical harassment, which is why they felt the need to provide this service.

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