Kylie Jack, who was born a man, but self-identifies as a transgender woman, claimed this week that she was trying to buy some undergarments at Petticoat Fair in Austin,Tx., but was discriminated against.
Jack wrote on her Facebook page on June 28:
Hello Austinites: today I went for a bra fitting at Petticoat Fair, where an employee humiliated me by asking for ID stating I was female and saying I needed bottom surgery in order to get a fitting. If you are in solidarity with trans women, please boycott Petticoat Fair until they remove their transphobic and cissexist policies.
Kirk Andrews, the owner of Petticoat Fair, responded on his Facebook page, notes Jezebel.
"We have served the transgendered community for most of our 50 years in Austin," stated Andrews. "What we do have is a policy regarding who may or may not enter our fitting rooms. We regret and apologize for the unfortunate experience relayed here by Kylie Jack after visiting our store yesterday. We are reaching out directly, to find a time when we can work to accommodate Kylie's needs."
Andrews added, "The dressing room area is a particularly private and vulnerable place for many women and girls, so it's a protected area. For that reason, we also have a completely separate dressing area for women who have undergone mastectomies and need post-surgical care. (Our fitter invited Kylie and companion into this part of our store so they could have this delicate conversation privately.)"
"Just as a gym won't allow men in a women's dressing room (and vice versa) for the comfort and safety of its patrons, we don't allow men or boys above a certain age in our dressing area," stated Andrews.
"Despite our otherwise inclusive approach, those who might be or who outwardly appear to be men (regardless of how they are dressed) pose a delicate challenge, and in the case of imposters, can pose a safety risk to the Petticoat Fair staff."
According to Towleroad.com, Jack responded with, "Kirk is sincere in his efforts to do better, but only time and actual action will tell. I'll consider the issue resolved when a formal public apology is issued to the Austin trans community along with the steps they're taking to update their policies to be trans-friendly and trans-inclusive."