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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."

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  1. Only the most virulent homophobes would imply that transgender people have something in common with gay people. The main false stereotype of homophobes is that gay men are somehow less masculine than heterosexual men. Gay people do NOT have gender issues. This has been known scientifically since the early 1970's. If a media organization associates people with gender problems with gay people, it could reinforce misconceptions about the nature of sexual orientation. This story should be perhaps on some sort of general minority issues website, but not on a gay site as it has no relevance to us.

    Posted by: DB | Apr 16, 2013 1:05:34 PM

  2. It's funny, despite all the pissing and moaning from a broad variety of sockpuppets, the esteemed Mr. Towle still posts these stories. It's almost as though he feels that trans folks deserve to be included under the umbrella, and should not be discriminated against...

    Posted by: TheDrDonna | Apr 16, 2013 1:20:02 PM

  3. @DrDonna - we can take solace knowing that 'all those posts' are coming from the same hack coward :)

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 16, 2013 1:28:47 PM

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    Posted by: LovinMeHRS | Apr 16, 2013 2:07:53 PM

  5. For anyone who does not know the history of how transgender homophobes have hurt gay individuals and families and have blocked all major progress on gay civil rights, please read this article: http://www.sfbaytimes.com/?sec=article&article_id=6898 . Due solely to the actions of transgender activists who blocked the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (which would have banned employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation), tens of millions of gay people (and heterosexual people) can (and often are) be discriminated against in hiring, firing, and promotion.

    Posted by: DB | Apr 16, 2013 2:23:27 PM

  6. I agree DB. Transjacking crossdressers are violent and to blame for anti-gay hate.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Apr 16, 2013 2:29:35 PM

  7. DB:

    That Crain piece is spot on. The trans activists hate it because it speaks the unvarnished truth.

    We have been transjacked. We could have had a productive alliance with trans groups on various issues, but that would not have been enough for trans activists. Allies are still independent of one another and can always act in their own best interests and say "no" when a request for help is unwise.

    But if you meld LGB and T together into one "people" - well, then the gays can never say no to any demand made by trans activists. And that is pretty much what they have done. That is why our gay orgs, funded and staffed entirely by gay people, take a suicidal position that no anti-discrimination law is preferable to one that doesn't cover hetero crossdressers. It is a bizarre situation that emanates from the fraudulent construct of LGBT.

    Posted by: Jack | Apr 16, 2013 3:41:56 PM

  8. I agree Jack. Add me on facebook so we can start a group against the T.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Apr 16, 2013 3:54:26 PM

  9. Grant, you are in insensitive jackass.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Apr 16, 2013 4:13:10 PM

  10. Bill Perdue, that group sounds pretty pathetic. Then again, you're the one in charge, so that's not surpassing. Your labor of hate will resemble you: vile and not worthy of sympathy.

    Posted by: MateoM | Apr 16, 2013 4:23:29 PM

  11. *surprising

    Posted by: MateoM | Apr 16, 2013 4:23:45 PM

  12. Little Kiwi, I am the Bill Perdue from FB. Please stop linking your nonsense to my FB account. I am pro-trans and pro-LGBTQ as anyone can see from by FB page. I don't know why you are doing this but stop it now. If you don't I am going to contact Andy Towle about getting you banned.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Apr 16, 2013 5:00:05 PM

  13. The simple solution to these Rest Room issues is to establish single use Rest Rooms. The door can be locked from the inside when in use by a single person.

    Posted by: andrew | Apr 16, 2013 5:00:09 PM

  14. People need to get over the hard truth of the matter: Gender is in the eye of the beholder.

    FFS, nothing is immutable! Everything is in a constant state of decay, thermodynamics people. If at any time, psychologically, you decide that something is 100% true, you are deluding yourself.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Apr 16, 2013 5:03:31 PM

  15. How did the women know she was a "male"?

    Posted by: jaragon | Apr 16, 2013 5:31:29 PM

  16. Hey, I went to high school with this person!

    Posted by: Rehclif | Apr 16, 2013 6:00:46 PM

  17. wow bunch of haters here today. DB seriously, go screw yourself with a rusty chainsaw.

    Posted by: testington | Apr 16, 2013 6:10:33 PM

  18. i'm a lesbian and not even i want to have transwomen come into my bathroom. you are NOT biologically a woman and yes biological MALES make me uncomfortable

    Posted by: Girlinacoma | Apr 16, 2013 6:18:53 PM

  19. Take off your wig and use the bathroom corresponding to your sex at birth? Those who think this way should have your "human" card revoked. Who are you to judge what gender a person IDENTIFIES as? Some people are just just born with physical afflictions, or with the wrong gender. The sooner you come to terms with that, the better off humanity will be.

    Posted by: CanadianSense | Apr 16, 2013 6:23:59 PM

  20. @girlinacoma: How do you define "biological"? Be specific, please, because biology is a huge and complex area of study and cannot be simplified to one word.

    Posted by: TheDrDonna | Apr 16, 2013 7:07:23 PM

  21. @Little Kiwi - I love you. Srsly.

    Posted by: unimaginative bore | Apr 17, 2013 1:57:57 AM

  22. If transgender activists had been around in the 1960's, we would never have had the Civil Rights Act (one of the most important laws in American history). They would have insisted on adding 'gender identity' in addition to 'race' (just as they have done in adding 'gender identity' to ENDA which is supposed to focus on 'sexual orientation') and blocked all black civil rights bills as they have done with gay civil rights bills. Transgender people, by killing ENDA in 2006, 2007, and beyond, have harmed more gay people than the Family Research Council and other explicitly homophobic hate groups.

    Posted by: DB | Apr 17, 2013 12:58:34 PM

  23. And the worst part is, those trans activists are openly trans and go on dates and make friends and I'm a gay man and I can't do ANY of that! It's just not fair! I hate transpeople because they're more man than I'll ever be, even the ones that are women! Oh how I hate them!

    I just hate them so much! Why? Because I'm a worthless sack of feces. That's why.

    Posted by: DB | Apr 17, 2013 1:07:17 PM

  24. The transgender community is fighting a losing battle on this. They continue to want their feelings understood and concerns addressed - but show no care for the feelings or concerns of others who want and appreciate single sex bathrooms.

    If she still has a penis - use the men's room. Or would that make her uncomfortable?

    Posted by: rjp3 | Apr 18, 2013 7:41:23 AM

  25. Gay man here, wholeheartedly supportive of our trans brothers and sisters. If some trans activists have seemed angry and "militant" over the years, so be it -- gays have often been accused of the same as we have fought for the right to be who we know we are despite relentless hatred.

    Posted by: DW | Apr 18, 2013 9:56:40 AM

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