Discrimination Against Transgender People at a Store in Texas

  • She goes on to tell me that the guy ahead of me had complained about me being in the ladies room.
  • "I understand what you are doing, as I am gay myself, but you are not allowed to go to the restroom in this store unless you go into the Men's Room."
  • I left the store, wished her a good day, went to the car and sit there for 20 minutes crying and crying because of what just happened.

I am a 38 year old transgender female, here in Snyder, Texas, I have been shopping at this store on College Avenue ever since it was built on the old west2go property, and have had no issue

But today, I went in the store to get my everyday usual, a 44 oz fountain drink. and after I fixed my drink, I placed it on the counter and went around the corner to the restroom–the ladies room.

I came out, got the drink from the counter and went to the checkout. The manager/clerk was waiting on a guy and after he was done and left, I was the only one in the store, she rang up my drink. I gave her my 96 cents for the drink, and she stated, that she needed to talk to me.

I sit my drink on the counter, and said, “Yes, what about?’ She goes on to tell me that the guy ahead of me had complained about me being in the ladies room. I explained that my birth certificate, ID and social all say I am female and born Addison. She states she doesn’t care and that she has to look out for me and her.

She says, “I understand what you are doing, as I am gay myself, but you are not allowed to go to the restroom in this store unless you go into the Men’s Room.”

I explained to her if I went into the Men’s Room, with 38DD natural breast and a fully female body, that i would be worried about my safety and I could get raped or beaten in the Men’s Room, and that under my rights my ID and birth certificate says I am female, so I need to use the restroom that fits my license.

I left the store, wished her a good day, went to the car and sit there for 20 minutes crying and crying because of what just happened. I went to this store, because I thought I wouldn’t be judged, and have not had an issue for 2 years, but today the cashier/manager is the one that got in my face about me being transgender.

I called the police department in the parking lot and asked them which bathroom I should use if my ID says female and if my birth certificate says female, and the officer told me that if my license says female, then i needed to use the ladies room. I thanked the officer.

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