Michele DeLaFreniere, a trans woman in Arizona, is suing a bar that kept her from entering.
The bar’s owner objects to having been quoted as saying he doesn’t want “her kind” in the place, but does admit that he’s blocked trans women from coming to the bar because of the bathroom issue: trans women were being harassed in the men’s room, and female bar patrons didn’t want the trans women in the women’s restroom.
As the story was reported in The Advocate, Anderson told the AP, â€œThere was no place I could put these people.â€
Yet another “women’s space” issue, but I’m not sure the best answer is simply to insist that trans women use the ladies’ rooms. Education, unisex bathrooms, – surely there are more intermediate ways of handling this instead of just telling women – who may be ignorant but also fearful, for good reason, of sharing bathroom space with people they view as male. Convincing women raised female that trans women are not male requires a hell of a lot of education, which will take time, so what do we do in the meanwhile?
(My thanks to Joanne Herman for the heads-up.)
(Xposted to Trans Group Blog.)