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NY Times HQ introduces new ‘gender-neutral bathrooms’: ‘Use any bathroom that matches your gender identity’

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The New York Times' Manhattan headquarters now has gender-neutral bathrooms.

What are the details?

According to The Wrap, which obtained an internal memo from Ellen Shultz, the executive vice president of Talent and Inclusion, the move was prompted by a "number of employees" who voiced concerns over having gender-neutral bathrooms at the facility.

The memo read, "Effective immediately, the restrooms on the 14th floor near the ATM and vending machines are gender-neutral, accessible, single-person units. A lock on the main door has been added for privacy during use."

"Additionally," the memo continued, "we will create single-person bathrooms on the 2nd and 8th floors."

"Please remember that you are welcome to use any bathroom that matches your gender identity or expression," the memo concluded.

Shultz added that a variety of menstrual hygiene products would be placed inside "wellness rooms" throughout the building.

What else?

One social media user, identified by The Wrap as Molly Fassler — a senior analyst for the global Times — tweeted praise of the company's move.

"Worth my first tweet ever," Fassler tweeted. "Today I'm an especially happy employee. There are officially gender neutral bathrooms at @nytimes! Huge thanks to all that made this happen!"

Carolyn Ryan, the assistant managing editor for the Times, chimed in on Fassler's tweet.

Ryan wrote, "Thank you for pushing for it!"

Benjamin Hoffman, a third employee, added, "This rules. After nearly 15 years with this company I still find reasons to be proud every single day."

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