Discrimination | Idaho | News | Transgender

Transgender Woman Banned from Idaho Grocery Store for Using Women's Bathroom

Aly Robledo, a 25-year-old transgender woman in Lewiston, Idaho, was banned from a Rosauers grocery store after using the women's bathroom, the AP reports.

RobledoLewiston's KLEW adds:

Robledo was given a no trespass order Monday night shortly after exiting the Rosauer's grocery store location in Lewiston.

"A male subject who was using the female restroom, and that made some women customers uncomfortable because of the appearance that a male was using their restroom," said Lewiston Police Captain Roger Lanier.

"I really doubt that would be more socially acceptable than someone using the men's restroom," said Robledo.

Lanier told KLEW News that employees confronted Robledo, who explained she identifies herself as a transgendered woman who has gone through one phase of reconstructive surgery.

"The store employees didn't want any further problems, and they chose to exercise their right to trespass this individual from the business," said Lanier. "Anyone who owns or controls their property can make that decision."

"I think calling the police is not really sufficient and I think it's a waste of our tax payers' dollars," said Robledo.

The grocery store chain is refusing to comment: "The manager on duty Wednesday afternoon at Rosauer's chose not to comment. KLEW news attempted to get an official comment from the corporate offices of Rosauers, however our calls have not been returned over the period of two days."

Feed This post's comment feed


  1. what r the laws inn Idaho in terms of LGBTQQA people?

    Posted by: V-8 | Apr 16, 2013 8:09:11 AM

  2. Idaho is Mormon territory. So you can guess

    Posted by: Steve | Apr 16, 2013 8:27:13 AM

  3. ...because you know, some sick straight guy will put on women's clothes and go into ladies' rooms to assault women.

    stupid stupid stupid

    Posted by: QJ201 | Apr 16, 2013 8:28:40 AM

  4. She should have been banned for the brow action.

    Posted by: Grant | Apr 16, 2013 8:39:27 AM

  5. True or not, I've read, and have a cousin that lives in the town, that the complaint came because she was standing up to pee when using the stall. Women in the other stalls were noticing feet under the divider pointing in the wrong direction and thought there was a man in the ladies room, and spoke to the staff.

    That could just be made up. It's a hick town. If it's not, it seems some discretion could be used in an area where I'm guessing she already has a tough go with the locals. No need to bring extra drama to your life.

    No idea what is accurate, that just one account that I read.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Apr 16, 2013 8:49:05 AM

  6. If Michaelandfred is right, throw "her" out. Actually, there's no need for male and female restrooms to begin with. But until you don't have a penis you're a man.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Apr 16, 2013 9:00:55 AM

  7. Idaho has no legal protections for LGBTQQA except in a few cities and towns. Lewiston is not one of them.

    Posted by: Benben | Apr 16, 2013 9:14:42 AM

  8. @UFFDA -- If nothing else, you're consistent.

    Posted by: Gigi | Apr 16, 2013 9:33:39 AM

  9. I live right next door to Idaho, and its about as red as you can imagine. Glad I don't live there. If I did, I would have left a long long time ago. Beautiful state but hard right politics.

    Posted by: Tom | Apr 16, 2013 10:09:08 AM

  10. Every place that has restrooms should have a gender-neutral restroom so that ignorant transphobic people can just shut up and keep it moving.

    Posted by: Mikah | Apr 16, 2013 10:22:35 AM

  11. WTF is LGBTQQA??????

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Apr 16, 2013 10:27:28 AM

  12. If you want to present yourself as a woman don't pee standing up.

    Posted by: Frank | Apr 16, 2013 10:45:05 AM

  13. @Frank -- Who says she peed standing up? Oh, right. The haters said that, therefore it must be true.

    Posted by: Gigi | Apr 16, 2013 10:48:38 AM

  14. @V-8:

    There are no laws in Idaho regarding "LGBTQQA people" because there is no such thing as "LGBTQQA people."

    You may think that you can string a bunch of letters together and create a "people," but that doesn't make it true in what we call reality. Gay, lesbian, and bisexual people are a distinct group bound by a common trait. The other letters in your bizarre alphabet soup are not.

    Also, you misspelled the word "in".

    Posted by: Dana | Apr 16, 2013 11:21:10 AM

  15. I encourage all Americans to read about Ontario's Bill 33 - Toby's Act.

    it was passed last year.


    it will make sense to everyone possessing a heart and a brain.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 16, 2013 11:29:17 AM

  16. Compared to being fired for being gay, or beaten, or yelled at on the street, this is nonsense.
    Trans people have made up this stupid bathroom issue, and it's wasting our time.
    How about this? Use a stall in the correct bathroom without drawing attention to yourself. Don't make a scene. And let us get on with real issues.

    Posted by: Wilberforce | Apr 16, 2013 11:34:00 AM

  17. So sad. In my opinion, the person in this photo is obviously identifying as a women. Haters gonna hate.

    Posted by: mikep | Apr 16, 2013 11:38:15 AM

  18. Couldn't care less about this story.

    What does this have to do with gay people?

    Why is Towleroad constantly trying to equate gay people with men who want to become women? Andy Towle seems to have an internalized homophobia problem.

    Posted by: Jack | Apr 16, 2013 11:40:46 AM

  19. as usual, cowardly trolls want to be free from discrimination and yet will join the ignorant bigots in....uh...discriminating against others. and supporting the prejudices against them.

    that lack of empathy and compassion will be your own undoing. if you're a gay man and you dont' support and champion equality for our trans brothers and sisters then you deserve every ounce of anti-gay discrimination and prejudice you experience in life, because clearly you've learned nothing at all from it.

    your refusal to empathize and listen to the very real concerns that affect our transitioned/transitioning brothers and sisters on a daily basis is sadly ironic: you want straight bigots to understand and have compasssion for youyou while you refuse to understand and have compassion for Someone Else.


    cheers to everyone who understands that we're all in it together.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 16, 2013 11:52:16 AM

  20. @Gigi Three other reports prior to this all mentioned the fact that she peed standing up which is what disturbed the other women and lead to the complaint. I was not making it up out of thin air.

    Posted by: Frank | Apr 16, 2013 11:55:53 AM

  21. most of my straight female friends also pee "standing up" - aka, "The Hover", when in public restrooms. because they're disgusting. the restrooms, not my straight female friends.

    i don't know what some of your cowardly trolls want: our trans brothers and sisters face daily discrimination for not "presenting" something that the simple-minded in society can easily label and box and understand at a first glance.

    not man enough to blend in? not woman enough to blend in? how about working harder to create a culture where "not blending in" is no longer met with disdain, hatred and prejudice, eh?

    is that what irks so many closeted male trolls on here? that trans people have the courage to go out and live each day in a way that "draws attention" to themselves, while you're not strong enough to do the same?

    likely. people often hate in others what they can't do for themselves.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 16, 2013 12:05:50 PM

  22. People need to grow up. A rapist isn't going to pluck his eyebrows, put on a tube dress, and go into a ladies room as Cher or Divine. He's going to go in there as a rapist.

    You notice that you never hear complaints about FTM or female cross dressers using mens rooms? This is some kind of twist on protecting the honor of women and it's stupid.

    Grow up. What difference does it make which bathrooms people use?

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 16, 2013 12:23:10 PM

  23. Obviously, this has no relevance to gay people or civil rights on the basis of sexual orientation. My feeling is that people should always have to use the restroom of their biological sex at birth, regardless of whether they like cross-dressing. Just take off your wig and go to the bathroom that applies to the genitals with which you were born. This is just common sense.

    Posted by: DB | Apr 16, 2013 12:38:08 PM

  24. @Kiwi... the posts above referenced reports that the person in question was peeing standing up like a male would, as in facing front. NOT doing the "hover" which would not have drawn attention. truthfulness of the report notwithstanding, the point was made that this person was not behaving as a "normal" female would in the stall, it raised some suspicions and a complaint was made.

    I guess the issue would be if one does not want to cause a freak out, one should conform to the gender one believes themselves to be and pass as.

    Posted by: justaguy | Apr 16, 2013 12:40:13 PM

  25. justaguy, that was a lovely load of crap you posted. so thanks.

    up next: "if you don't want to be gaybashed or discriminated against for being gay don't let people know that you're gay"

    freakin pathetic, you apologists are.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 16, 2013 12:49:05 PM

  26. 1 2 3 »

Post a comment


« «Magic Johnson's Gay Son EJ Speaks Out: VIDEO« «