Reykjavik bar removes gender signs in bathrooms

The new signs are up at music venue and pub ...

The new signs are up at music venue and pub Gaukur á Stöng. Photo/ Gay Iceland

Gay Iceland reports that popular music venue and watering hole Gaukur á Stöng in central Reykjavik has removed gender signs in their bathrooms, replacing them with "All Gender" signs.

Speaking to Gay Iceland, owner and manager of the bar Sólveig Johnsen says that gender signs are discriminating.

“And not just bars and clubs but all public places. Someone has to take the first step and I’m glad that it was me. I know that some managers are worried about bad publicity but I think those worries are uncalled for – except if your client base is narrow minded,” says Johnsen. 

She and her fiancé, Starri Hauksson, run the bar together and wanted to make the restrooms gender neutral to take a stand against gender duplicity.

“The idea of the two genders is obsolete. But it seems to be natural for restrooms to be gender labelled. That is probably the biggest reason behind why I wanted to do this. I wanted to take a stand against this gender duplicity and as an owner of a bar I can do something and I feel like it is my duty to do so. I feel I should do what I can to fight for equality."

The full story on Gay Iceland can be read HERE. 


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