An Idaho Rosauers grocery store has filed trespassing charges against transgender woman Ally Robledo, banning her from ever shopping there. Her violation, according to Lewiston, Idaho Police Captain Roger Lanier, was “urinating while standing up”:
LANIER: 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. […] A male subject who was using the female restroom, and that made some women customers uncomfortable because of the appearance that a male was using their restroom.
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.
Indeed, Idaho is one of 37 states that does not offer nondiscrimination protections based on gender identity in public accommodations, and state law entitles the owner of a property to deny access to anybody.
Robledo, who is 25, explained that when she was in school, she would be harassed in the men’s room:
ROBLEDO: When I did use the males (restroom) there would be people that would harass me in school. I would feel really embarrassed and there were times when I found myself in a lot of dangerous situations. […] 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.
Lanier said it wasn’t the police’s job to figure out “what makes a transgender.”
Robledo’s plight parallels an attempt by Arizona state Rep. John Kavanagh (R) to ensure businesses can similarly ban trans people from using bathroom and locker room facilities. He fears that young girls will be traumatized if they happen to see a trans woman’s body in a changing area. Similarly, Michigan state Rep. Tom McMillin (R) believes that restrooms that might be used by transgender people should be marked with warning signs.
Meanwhile, transgender people are just trying to buy groceries and go to gyms like everybody else.