Eryn Brown, a Richmond transgender woman, was told she couldn’t use the women’s bathroom at the McDonald’s near Broad and Belvedere over the weekend, and she staged a protest out front of the building to let folks know what struggles she faced.
“They would either stop me at the door or just before I got to the door,” Brown told WRIC-CBS 6. “They told me that I wasn’t to use the women’s bathroom, I’m to use the men’s.”
There is no law protecting or requiring equal treatment for transgender people here in VA, and Brown said this is an issue trans people face often.
“That’s something that all transwomen face,” she said. “Violence and possibly getting raped.”
A rule before the Gloucester County School Board dealing with transgender youth bathroom use has the VA ACLU up in arms. The proposed rule would require all students to use restrooms according to their “corresponding biological genders,” and, according to the ACLU, would force transyouth to use facilities “inconsistent with their gender identity.” “There is broad [...]