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Transgender Woman Ally Robledo Banned From Store for a Year After Using Female Restroom
A transgender woman in Idaho was visiting a local supermarket when she had to use the restroom. But after using the women's restroom, she was banned from the store for a year because employees said the customers were upset that she used the "wrong" bathroom.
Ally Robledo, 25, was born a male, and is halfway through the process of becoming physically female.
She said she has used female restrooms after she was repeatedly teased while using the male's.
"When I did use the males [restroom] there would be people that would harass me in school," she said. "I would feel really embarrassed and there were times when I found myself in a lot of dangerous situations."
She believes the supermarket's decision to ban her for a year, and to involve local police, was not necessary.
"I think calling the police is not really sufficient and I think it's a waste of our tax payers dollars," she said.
But Lewiston Police Captain Roger Lanier said they had the right to call authorities and to ban her.
"The store employees didn't want any further problems, and they chose to exercise their right to trespass this individual from the business. Anyone who owns or controls their property can make that decision," he said.
There are no laws currently in place in the state of Idaho to disallow discrimination against transgender people using restrooms, but several other states have laws regarding it.
Ilona Turner, legal director of the Transgender Law Center in San Francisco, said disallowing any human being from using public restrooms is a discriminatory act.
"Transgender people have the same needs and deserve the same access to public stores and facilities as others without discrimination based on who they are," she said. "They just need to go to the bathroom like everyone else."