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New transgender friendly bar to open in Dickson

Barcode Lounge and Bar executive chef Nick Hammond in front of the new gay, lesbian, intersex and transgender friendly bar in Dickson.

Barcode Lounge and Bar executive chef Nick Hammond in front of the new gay, lesbian, intersex and transgender friendly bar in Dickson. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

Canberra’s new lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex friendly bar is set to open on Saturday after an apparent misunderstanding over liquor legislation.

Barcode owner Ian Goudie had previously sought legal advice regarding gender neutral toilets, believing them to be disallowed under ACT liquor legislation.

But a Justice and Community Safety Directorate spokeswoman said there was no discrimination regarding signage requirements on bathrooms.

No signs ... Barcode Lounge and Bar staff member Maz Wakamatsu and owner Ian Goudie in front of the bar's toilets.

No signs ... Barcode Lounge and Bar staff member Maz Wakamatsu and owner Ian Goudie in front of the bar's toilets. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

“The Liquor Act does not require any gender signage to be placed on the toilet doors,” she said.

“[The Office of Regulatory Services] is of the view that the regulation provides sufficient flexibility for licensees to choose to configure their toilets in a unisex manner.”

Mr Goudie declined providing further comment when contacted by Fairfax Media on Friday.

Earlier, he said he wanted to have gender neutral bathrooms with no distinct signage.

“If someone wants to use a bathroom and they don’t identify as a male or a female, you can’t discriminate against them,” he said.

“They can use whatever bathroom they identify as.”

Mr Goudie said the establishment would officially open at 7.30am on Saturday, operating as a bagel bar and lunch venue during the day before converting to a lounge space and bar in the evening.

He said the public response had been overwhelming with 170 people applying for the handful of advertised positions.

Executive chef Nicholas Hammond said the venue was staffed by members of the LGBTI community, which it would also support financially.

He said 50 cents from every coffee sold would go back to gender diverse organisations including A Gender Agenda and Diversity ACT.

“Every coffee we sell, a percentage goes back to the community,” he said.

28 comments so far

  • Tries to cover all the bases then.....

    Commenter
    Badger
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    June 14, 2013, 10:02AM
    • This is very poor sensationalist journalism. We need to distinguish between bathrooms, where people take a bath, and toilets, especially those with exposed urinals. Only Americans seem to pee in a bath.

      Commenter
      Robin H
      Location
      Locksley
      Date and time
      June 14, 2013, 10:22AM
      • My only issue with unisex toilets is that the guy who used it before me never puts the seat down

        Commenter
        razor
        Date and time
        June 14, 2013, 10:41AM
        • How do you know it was a guy and not a transgender or intersex?

          Commenter
          Peter
          Location
          Melbawne
          Date and time
          June 14, 2013, 11:10AM
        • Same issue I have, except the woman not putting the seat up.

          Commenter
          purple peguin
          Date and time
          June 14, 2013, 11:24AM
        • Better that than women who squat above the seat, leaving their pee all over it. At least if the seat's up I know the last person's pee is not on it.

          Commenter
          bornagirl
          Location
          Melbourne
          Date and time
          June 14, 2013, 11:44AM
        • Good point, bornagirl. I do wonder what all the huff is about putting the toilet seat down, when it is quite apparent that a large number of women in public bathrooms don't use it anyway.

          Commenter
          Markus
          Location
          Canberra
          Date and time
          June 14, 2013, 12:39PM
      • No doubt Helen Watchirs and the rest of the social justice commissars will be taking up the cudgel.

        Commenter
        Ben C of Canberra
        Date and time
        June 14, 2013, 11:36AM
        • Oh the politics

          Commenter
          Barb
          Date and time
          June 14, 2013, 11:38AM
          • When we go to small cafes that have only one toilet, no one seems to have any problem with the fact that PEOPLE have used it before them.

            I can understand the need for a disabled toilet, though, but it's odd that the authorities allow THAT one to be used by anyone, but not the others. Very strange.

            Commenter
            bornagirl
            Location
            Melbourne
            Date and time
            June 14, 2013, 11:43AM

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