Hersheypark: Transgender guests may use restrooms according to identity

HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) – Hersheypark has publicly declared its position on what type of restrooms transgender people can use.

The amusement park says guests and employees may continue to use restrooms with which they gender-identify, or they’re welcome to use a family restroom.

A statement released by Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company spokeswoman Kathy Burrows says Hersheypark, “has and will always strive to accommodate all guests and employees – including members of the LGBT community – to ensure those visiting or working at Hersheypark are comfortable and feel secure.”

Hershey Entertainment and Resorts is the latest company to make a stand on the debate. The Target retail store chain this week, in a statement posted on its website, said transgender employees and customers can use the restroom or fitting room facility that “corresponds with their gender identity.”

North Carolina is facing backlash for a new law that prevents local governments from passing LGBT anti-discrimination protections and directing which bathrooms transgender people can use.

The full statement from Hershey Entertainment and Resorts follows:

Every year, the employees of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts (HE&R) welcome over 6 million guests from down the street and around the world. We recognize that the more perspectives we have within our company, the more welcoming we are to all those who visit and seek employment here. In fact, our company has four core values, one of which is “respectful of others,” which we define as treating all people with dignity, while respecting their differences and ideas. For decades, Hersheypark has been dedicated to the safety and security of our guest and employees. It is foundational to our brand. Additionally, the Park has and will always strive to accommodate all guests and employees – including members of the LGBT community – to ensure those visiting or working at Hersheypark are comfortable and feel secure. To that end, the Park will continue its practice of treating all guests and employees the same no matter race, ethnicity, sexual identity, etc. Guests and employees may continue to use the restrooms with which they gender-identify, or are welcome to use the many family restrooms available across the destination. For more information on our Diversity and Inclusion practices, visit http://www.hersheypa.com/about_hershey/diversity_and_inclusion/index.php.

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