Transgender woman banned from Idaho store over using women's restroom

Transgender woman banned from Idaho store over using women's restroom

Albion : ID : USA | Apr 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM PDT
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A transgender woman has been banned from a grocery store in Idaho for upsetting customers over her use of women's restroom.

A transgender woman has been discriminated against in Idaho for using the women's restroom when tending to nature's call. The transgender woman went to the women's restroom at a grocery store in Idaho and while doing so, she reportedly upset other customers. The society still does not accept transgenders as women, so when the 25-year-old transgender, Ally Robledo, was seen urinating in a women's restroom while standing up, she caused quite an uproar.

According to reports, Ally Robledo was born male, but he identified herself as female. Upon using the women's restroom at Roasauers supermarket in Lewiston, Robledo was reported to the police and the management of the supermarket asked authorities to charge her for trespassing while also banning her from the store for an entire year.

"The store security officer said he had been dealing with a problem over a couple days with the person going into the women's restroom and urinating while standing up," Lewiston Police Captain Roger Lanier said, according to a report by The management of the store also reported that Robledo's use of the restroom made other females extremely uncomfortable.

Ally Robledo is quite infuriated over the situation.

"I'm a female trapped in a man's body. It's natural for me to go to the ladies' room. Getting the no trespassing order for a public restroom was really painful," Robledo said.

This incident has sparked an age-old debate over how transgenders should be categorized. Just like how Ally Robledo felt being discriminated against, other transgenders feel the same way in most parts of the world, including the U.S. In February, parents of a six-year-old transgender girl in Colorado filed a complaint with the state's civil rights agency, challenging a decision by education officials to deny their daughter access to girls' restrooms in her own school. This case created a lot of waves and the action of the girl's parents brought to light the problems parents of such people have to face. The case is being closely watched by civil libertarians, but so far there has been no verdict on it.

Meanwhile, there are many people who are working for the rights of transgender people and to make the general public aware of the fact that these people have the same needs as any other person.

Samantha86 is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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