Hersheypark announced this week that "transgender guests visiting the theme park may use the bathroom that matches their gender identity, or a family restroom if they wish," WPMT-TV reported.
A statement on the issue released by Hersheypark's Public Relations Manager Kathy Burrows this week reads, "Our company has four core values, one of which is 'respectful of others,; which we define as treating all people with dignity, while respecting their differences and ideas."
Burrows noted that the Pennsylvania theme park "has and will always strive to accommodate all guests and employees – including members of the LGBT community – to ensure those visiting or working at Hersheypark are comfortable and feel secure." According to the company, this includes allowing guests and employees "to use the restrooms with which they gender-identify" or family restrooms available throughout the park.
But not everyone was pleased with the decision. After PennLive.com reported the story Friday, many online commenters were quick to offer both adamant support, while others expressed their deepest disappointment: