A Connecticut Wal-Mart customer said she was mistakenly confused for a transgender person and assaulted in the female restroom May 13 (video below).
Aimee Toms, 22, was washing her hands when a stranger started yelling at her, “You’re disgusting! You don’t belong here!” News Times reports.
A confused Toms quickly realized her baseball cap and her pixie-style haircut made the stranger assume she was transgender.
Toms later explained she had previously donated her hair to child cancer patients.
“I’ve had people call me all sorts of names for having short hair. I’ve had people call me a boy, I’ve had people call me a dyke, I’ve had people call me gay.” Toms said in a Facebook video post she later wrote in response to the incident.
“If it really takes me pulling up my shirt and showing someone I grew these boobs myself for them to leave me alone in a restroom, I don't want to live on this planet anymore. This really lit a fire under my a** today,” she added.
In addition to feeling angry, she said the experience made her feel even more empathy toward transgender people.
“After experiencing the discrimination they face firsthand, I cannot fathom the discrimination transgender people must face in a lifetime,” she said. “Can you imagine going out every day and having people tell you you should not be who you are or that people will not accept you as who you are?”
“People hate what they don’t understand and they hate what they don’t know,” Toms added. “And it creates a cycle of disgusting bigotry that reflects back on our nation and makes us look ridiculous.”
Toms also stated she believes this incident was a response to the controversial law recently passed in North Carolina which forces transgenders to use bathrooms that correlate to their biological sex.
“I think this is all just a response. No one was telling these people to be scared of transgender people before. No one was telling them that they should be throwing people out of bathrooms,” Toms said. “As if it wasn’t scary enough for transgender people to use the bathroom before.”