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'We Don't Care' signage on bathroom at CNE 2016.
'We Don't Care' signage on bathroom at CNE 2016.
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Canadian National Exhibition 2016 Embraces Gender Nonconformity, People Notice

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US Editorial Team Lead
Updated: 9 February 2017
The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), or “The Ex,” just kicked off this month. While the nearly 20-day event boasts live entertainment, food, and shopping, it’s the bathroom signs causing a stir on social media. For the first time in The Ex’s long history, gender neutral bathroom signs labeled “we don’t care” have replaced men’s and women’s portable washrooms.

The Ex is a fair leading up to Canada’s Labour Day festivities. It is one of North America’s largest fairs and includes games, rides, and no shortage of things to do. The event draws large, diverse crowds so gender neutral bathrooms solve two problems: 1.) they make the event more inclusive for all people, regardless of gender identity and 2.) the lines for the bathrooms (especially the ladies room) likely won’t be as long.

“All portable washrooms will eventually be the same for the CNE,” Gage Knox, a Media Relations person for the events, told Buzzfeed. “All-gender washrooms makes for better flow and greater capacity.”

💗 we don’t care washroom signs at the CNE👍 #wedontcare

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