Bathroom Signage in North Carolina
After the passage of House Bill 2 in March of 2016, businesses, bars, restaurants, places of worship, non-profits, and social organizations around the state began to show their solidarity by posting gender-inclusive signs in their restrooms. In the Triangle area alone, these signs seemed to be everywhere, and I found the response very inspirational. The signs struck me as a quiet but powerful act of resistance, and I began to think about how meaningful it would be for them to exist in a collective space. Together, these images send a message of solidarity to those individuals explicitly discriminated against by this law, contributing to the momentum behind the repeal of HB 2. —Emma Olsen, project coordinator
Joe Van Gogh, DURHAM + CHAPEL HILL
Robbie Roberts, owner of Joe Van Gogh, points out that these notes are just a way to remind customers of an open and welcoming policy that has always been in place (their Durham location has long featured a gender neutral bathroom sign). “We have always had a diverse staff and our customers are our neighbors, who are also as diverse as the world at large,” says Roberts. “No one is singled out or expected to be anyone but themselves.”
Lindsey Andrews, one of Arcana's two owners, printed these signs shortly after Prince died, and they've remained up ever since. The Prince symbol captures the essence of non-binary (and also tends to make people smile when they're waiting for the bathroom).
21C Museum, Durham
21c Museum Hotel Durham installed new restroom signage designed by artist Peregrine Honig. Each sign is a work of art, numbered and signed by the artist, titled We Don't Care. The title refers to the position of "all are welcome," or we don't care where you go to the bathroom. The installation gives the community another way to engage in conversation around the issue. Thought-provoking contemporary art fosters dialogue and discovery.