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Transgender Woman Denied Access To Bathroom At Richmond, VA McDonald's: VIDEO


McDonald's made the news this week, though not for the usual reasons (obesity, unhealthy fast food, burning hot coffee, etc...). Eryn Brown, a transgender woman from Richmond, VA says that the restaurant denied her entry to the women's restroom. Brown has been protesting outside the McDonald's.

GayRVA reports:

“They would either stop me at the door or just before I got to the door,” Brown told WRIC-CBS 6. “They told me that I wasn’t to use the women’s bathroom, I’m to use the men’s.”

There is no law protecting or requiring equal treatment for transgender people here in VA, and Brown said this is an issue trans people face often.

“That’s something that all transwomen face,” she said. “Violence and possibly getting raped.”

According to the news report, McDonald's management has claimed that they will look closely at the situation for evidence of customer mistreatment or discrimination. 

Watch the CBS 6 story, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. If you have a penis, use the men's room. If you don't, use the women's, no matter what sex you feel you are.

    Posted by: johnny | Jun 8, 2014 10:47:19 AM

  2. ^ didn't take long, kudos for sucking at life....

    Posted by: Andrea | Jun 8, 2014 10:58:44 AM

  3. Let her pee for god sakes, she must be tired of holding it.

    Posted by: Armando | Jun 8, 2014 11:10:12 AM

  4. Johnny,
    It's 2014, don't you think you should update your knowledge of gender to at least the mid-20th century?
    Having a penis does not make me a man. There's a rather small region of my (admittedly not very large) brain which makes me a man. In my case, that region of my brain and my penis are in concord: They're both male.
    In her case (HER, not HIS), that penis is on the wrong body, because it's male and she's female in reality.
    Come on now, it's not hard: Gender is usually but not always (and the more we learn the more fluid it appears to be) determined by one's chromosomes.
    In fact, for mammals, it's all on a sliding scale. The most manly of manly breasts can lactate (sometimes without hormones).
    Seriously, dude - you need to learn more real science than you currently know.

    Posted by: enough already | Jun 8, 2014 11:10:33 AM

  5. McDonald's should spend less time checking their customer's meat and more on the alleged meat they feed to the customers. Hands off our nuggets!

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Jun 8, 2014 11:51:31 AM

  6. I think you are mistaken about my stance here, Enough.

    If her penis is on the wrong body, perhaps she should go ahead and get the surgery.

    I'm simply saying: be practical.

    If you feel you're not a man and you feel you have a penis by mistake, get it taken care of, get the surgery, let go of the penis and be done with it.

    Shouldn't that be the first priority instead of eating really bad food and then protesting that you can't use the bathroom because people know you are still physically a man?

    Posted by: johnny | Jun 8, 2014 11:57:40 AM

  7. Then again, I don't have a penis. And my dad really regrets not springing for that abortion ......

    Posted by: Johnny | Jun 8, 2014 12:04:18 PM

  8. I have emapthy for her; but I also have empathy for all of the other woman who use that restroom and wouldn't feel comfortable with any human being who possesses a penis being in their with them as their clothes down/skirts up to do what one does in the restroom.

    Yeah, thr McDonald's staff were prolly rude and mean about it, but it doesnt mean they didnt have a point.

    I think if I were trans in the curre t climate, I'd aim for places with single unisex bathrooms in my day to day while writing companies and lawmakers to establish policy. To expect the current minimum wage low info fast food workers to understand or be educated on this topic, is totally unrealistic.

    Posted by: Anthony | Jun 8, 2014 12:14:48 PM

  9. I love how this ridiculousness is all based on the fear that some hetero rapist is gonna drag up and walk into a ladies room.

    Posted by: Qj201 | Jun 8, 2014 12:15:09 PM

  10. @Johnny: that's about $25-35k, and probably not covered by insurance. Some people cannot medically undergo such a huge medical procedure. Oftentimes it takes months or years after someone has socially transitioned to get the surgery. What about them?

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Jun 8, 2014 12:21:09 PM

  11. @Anthony,

    Women aren't walking around with the skirts up and exposed in a McDonald's bathroom. They have stalls. They wouldn't ever have to see someone else's vagina much less a transgender woman's penis. And I can't believe I had to actually explain that to you.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Jun 8, 2014 12:39:15 PM

  12. @ Spacecadet

    That isn't true. Many women strip naked in public restrooms to keep from soiling their clothes. We certainly don't need to expose them to dangling doodads!

    Posted by: Victoria | Jun 8, 2014 1:09:11 PM

  13. I really hate the commenting system on towleroad. the first few comments are always negative. It's like the trolls have a full time job trolling the comments here.

    Then when they leave, everyone is busy refuting them, that there really isn't a discussion anymore.

    Posted by: Dickvanbike | Jun 8, 2014 1:16:40 PM

  14. So if a trans-woman is attacked and sexually assaulted (possibly even murdered) while using a men's restroom because McDonald's won't allow her to use the women's restroom, who all in the McDonald's corporation should be charged as accessories to murder? The history of violence on the part of heterosexual men against trans-women is long-established and well-known. Perhaps trans-women should be given concealed-carry permits as a self-defense measure.

    Also, how many hundreds of millions of dollars in fines should be assessed against the company in order to deter this time of discriminatory and dangerous behavior?

    Posted by: Burning Legal Question | Jun 8, 2014 1:17:36 PM

  15. Just a matter of time until private companies have to install urinals in women's restrooms to accommodate trannies and drag queens. Imagine what a drag on the economy that'll be.
    Ha! Ricky made a funny!

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 8, 2014 1:19:31 PM

  16. @Spacecadet
    WTF? Who said they were.? What a bizzare comment! Seems you need therapy or classes to in your reading comprehension.

    And to the notion from the other commenter about the fear of rapists going into ladies rooms. I dont disagree with the idea that this seems like a bit of an over reaction from my perspective, I know many women feel it is a concern, so whatever. At my place of employment every women's restroom throughout all of our buildings is locked and female employees are issued a key. Im not aware of any transgender employees but I guezs they'd give them the key as well.

    Posted by: Anthony | Jun 8, 2014 2:22:53 PM

  17. I am asking this in a serious manner... How does management or anyone else for that matter know she is transgendered? I assume she's dressed as a woman and has her face and hair made up as a woman So if she simply gets up and goes to the restroom who knows she's anatomically a man? Many women have low voices so that can't be it. Most of the times I went into a MacDonald's restroom no one saw me.

    Posted by: Jack | Jun 8, 2014 2:23:57 PM

  18. If a baby (born female) though she was transgender in the Baroque era -- would the female want to transition into the male role: long powdered wigs, purses, high heels, like Louis XIV? In Ancient Greece, would the male-to-female transgender really want to give up his male freedoms to live as a female?

    Sexuality -- and its ornamentations --is a societal construct. The roles of female and male change across culture and time.

    Posted by: will | Jun 8, 2014 2:29:05 PM

  19. Don't most McDonalds have single-occupant bathrooms? What possible difference could it make which one she uses?

    Posted by: Merv | Jun 8, 2014 2:47:05 PM

  20. What on Earth does this have to do with gay people? Why does Towleroad constantly imply that to be gay means that you don't know if you are a man or a woman and you have bathroom selection problems? Gay men are men and use the men's room. Lesbians are women and use the women's. Posting this story here seems very homophobic.

    Posted by: Tom | Jun 8, 2014 3:05:18 PM

  21. Answers to various questions posed above:

    TheDrDonna asks what about the trannies who can't afford to transition:

    What about them? They have issues. They aren't McD's issues. They aren't my issues. They aren't the issues of the women who want to go to the bathroom without having to wonder whether the hulking dude next to them is a "transwoman" or a "cis transvestite". Deal with your own issues and stop burdening others. Also, consider the morality of using limited health care resources for your butt and breast implants.

    BurningLegalQuestion asks about how much McD's should be fined:

    $0. McD's has the right to set its own bathroom access policies. Trannies can take their business elsewhere or they can go poo before they leave their pimp's apartment. Or they can wear Depends.

    Jack asks how McD's can know who is male and female:

    Well, Jack, appearance is a great way to tell. It works 99.9% of the time for almost everyone other than trans activists who are absolutely sure that they pass. An adult male can slop on the makeup and put on a wig, but with the exception of some tranny porno stars from Brazil, you can almost always tell.

    Will has no question, but decided to lecture us about how sexuality is a social construct. He is putting that queer studies degree to good use. Ironic, since that same degree also qualifies him to work at McDs! Anyway Will, gender identity is not "sexuality." Those are 2 different concepts. And if gender identity is just a social construct, then it shouldn't be such a big deal for this tranny to use the men's room as required by McDs.

    Posted by: TheAnswerMan | Jun 8, 2014 3:18:33 PM

  22. And for complete transparency, I'm a coward and my conservative-leaning family hates my guts.

    Posted by: TheAnswerMan | Jun 8, 2014 3:22:32 PM

  23. We live 2 towns over from Richmond VA. Going to that Richmond Mcdonald's this evening with my partner. We are going to order Big Macs and fries and Cokes and give an encouraging word to management to stand firm.

    Trans activists are anti-gay, homophobic bigots who have hijacked our LGB civil rights movement. It is a pleasure and a moral obligation to stand against them whenever we can.

    Posted by: Parker | Jun 8, 2014 3:27:58 PM

  24. The video says "Transgender woman raises awareness" It is true! I am much more aware of how bizarre trans activists are. I am much more aware of how LGBs do not have the same issues as Ts. I am much more aware that the construct of "LGBT" is a lie.

    Posted by: Tyler | Jun 8, 2014 3:35:29 PM

  25. I meant sexual roles are a social construct. And I don't approve of "Queer Studies"! :)

    And what's a transgender female-to-male to do in a medieval warrior society like the Norse Vikings?

    At bottom, this is really not a question of which bathroom the transgender should use. "Transphobia" (if that's a legitimate word) is so strong that most people don't want them using ANY bathroom. The debate is just used to stoke fears.

    I've heard transgendered people argue that the transgender should use "whichever bathroom makes him/her feel more comfortable." So, transgenders are the only segment of society that gets to traverse between the two. Phobias are strong enough that if this REALLY becomes a social issue down the line, we'll simply have one bathroom (for everybody) or three bathrooms (for male and female and trans).

    Posted by: will | Jun 8, 2014 3:44:27 PM

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