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.
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.
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.