VICTORIA, B.C. — A transgender woman in Canada is protesting new restrictions to public restroom use by posting “selfies” taken in men’s restrooms.
Brae Carnes began posting the images on social media to highlight how “out of place” she looks, claiming that it’s “awkward for everyone” when she applies her lipstick while men use the urinals in the background, reports Yahoo News.
The House of Commons passed a bill 2013 to add gender identity into the Canadian Human Rights Act. The state, led by Conservatives, amended the act after it was approved last month to exclude sex-specific facilities, making it illegal for transgender women to use female facilities.
Senator Don Plett said that letting transgender women use female restrooms “allows for pedophiles to take advantage of legislation that we have in place.”Carnes calls that assertion “disgusting” and “ridiculous.”
Using the hashtag #PlettPutMeHere, her posts have been shared thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter, with many other transgender women joining in.
In the U.S., similar restrictions have been proposed recently inFlorida and Texas.