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.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Sunday that transgender individuals should not be prevented from serving in the U.S. military solely based on their gender identity. “I don’t think anything but their suitability for service should preclude them,” said Carter, who spoke during a town-hall meeting in Kandahar, part of a trip to Afghanistan, reports NBC News. [...]