How To Be A Douche, Lesson #1: Charge a transgender woman for “trespassing” after she uses the women’s bathroom in your grocery store and ban her from shopping in your establishment for one year.
Idaho trans woman Ally Robledo is being discriminated against by Rosauers supermarket in Lewiston because she was “peeing standing up” in the women’s room. Oh, you didn’t know the way you pee could get you in trouble with the cops, did you?
Last week, Rosauers management said other customers in the women’s bathroom complained about Robledo using the toilets. Police issued a “no tresspass” order on Monday night. Ally Robledo, who is in the process of physically transitioning from male-to-female, said she doesn’t use men’s bathrooms because they’re potentially dangerous for her.
“[W]hen I use the female restroom, I feel more comfortable, I feel like a lady,” Robledo told Northwest Public Radio. “I don’t invade anybody’s privacy and for them to bring that out in a no trespassing order is just humiliating.”
The local police captain displayed a limited understanding of trans issues, explaining to press that the issue here was a “man” was in the women’s bathroom. ”A male subject … was using the female restroom, and that made some women customers uncomfortable because of the appearance that a male was using their restroom,” Lewiston Police Captain Roger Lanier said. ”The store employees didn’t want any further problems, and they chose to exercise their right to trespass this individual from the business. Anyone who owns or controls their property can make that decision.”
Robledo said she may pursue a lawsuit against the Rosauers chain. However, Idaho does not have specific protections for trans folks from discrimination by businesses, as NWPR notes, nor are there federal protections based on gender identity.
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