A Transgender Woman Was Assaulted in a D.C. Grocery Store Restroom

A transgender women was involved in an assault in a Washington D.C. grocery store, but she was the victim, not the perpetrator.

A security guard at a Giant grocery store entered the women's restroom and forcibly removed a transgender woman who was minding her own business.

via NBC News

The officer came into the restroom and told her to get out, according to Belcher.

She said the officer put her hand on her shoulder and arm, grabbed her and pushed her out of the store.

Belcher said the guard told her, "You guys cannot keep coming in here and using our women's restroom. They did not pass the law yet."

There is actually no law required to pass before transgender women can use the women's restroom. They've been doing so all along before the right wing launched their anti-transgender crusade; before people like this security guard got the idea in their head that policing gender identity is their duty.

The Giant security guard was arrested by D.C. police because assaulting someone in the restroom is already illegal. We don't need a special law for that. Republicans have passed their transphobic "bathroom bills" under the guise of safety, but we already have laws on the books for assault.

  • muselet

    Belcher said she suffers from Parkinson’s disease and almost fell while the officer was shoving her.

    So in addition to thinking she’s the store’s official Crotch Monitor, the guard assaulted someone with a neurological condition. Classy.

    Whatever company employs (I’m going to predict the tense of that verb will change within the day) that guard needs to improve its employee screening and training.


  • Toolymegapoopoo

    So when is Mike Huckabee going to be holding a rally with this POS ala Kim Davis?

    • Christopher Foxx

      when is Mike Huckabee going to be holding a rally with this POS ala Kim Davis?

      Huckabee’s support of Davis had nothing to do with her position. It was entirely about the publicity it could generate for him. Huckabee is no longer seeking votes so… answer to your question is “Never”.

  • Fuuuuu….and so it begins. I hope she sues the ever lovin shit out this guy and the Security Guard company who hired his dumb ass.

    • JMAshby

      If I read correctly, the security guard was also a woman. I should have made that clear, but the same standards apply regardless of the gender of the guard.

    • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

      I hope she sues the hell out of them too.
      Let’s start seeing some legal precedents.

  • Georgie

    I’m sure this is just one of many reports we are going hear about.