Idaho Trans-Woman Banned from Grocery Store for Using Female Bathroom
An Idaho transgender woman was recently banned from a grocery store chain after the store received complaints of her use of the female restroom. Ally Robledo, born Alberto, is a male-to-female transsexual who has not yet had full gender reassignment surgery.
The store, Rosauers Supermarket in Lewiston, Idaho, approached Robledo as she was exiting and told her she could no longer shop at Rosauers. “They pretty much just came up and said, ‘OK, you’re not allowed at our store anymore,’” Robledo explained to the Lewiston Tribune.
Local Police Capt. Roger Lanier told KLEW-TV that “The store employees didn’t want any further problems, and they chose to exercise their right to trespass this individual from the business,” explaining that anyone who owns or controls their property can make that decision. Robledo stated that she has used women’s bathrooms on multiple other occasions with no problems, due the fact that she looks and dresses like a woman.
The issue remains unsolved, and there seems to be no clear-cut solution. Some have proposed gender-neutral bathrooms, and they have started to crop up around the country, but it is still not a lasting legal solution to the issue of transgender discrimination.
Although the laws aren’t in the books, discrimination is still in people’s minds. The specific area of the law in question is public accommodations, which includes bathrooms, restaurants and businesses. Currently only 13 states currently have anti-discrimination laws for transgender people under the “Public Accomodations” section, and, much like Idaho, Virginia is not one of them.
In some cases, senators are going out of their way to make sure things don’t get any better. In Arizona, Republican Rep. John Kavanagh is pushing a bill that would make it against the law to use any bathroom that differs from one’s natural born gender. Bills like this are the reason for the constant uphill battle between Republican congressman and human rights activists.
“What the business could do is, they could have sex-specific bathrooms, locker rooms and public — and showers and if it’s specific to one gender they could restrict somebody from going in there,” Kavanagh told Serius XM’s OutQ Radio Program. “And if the person refused, I guess [the business] could always call the police. But if they wanted to allow transgender people in they could just to do that.”
Because of the uncertainty of anti-discrimination laws, and the unwillingness of certain parties to budge, the future of transgender acceptance remains up in the air.
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