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Transgender Woman Told to Leave Locker Room

On Friday, KIRO TV in Olympia, WA reported that a transgender woman was asked to leave a woman’s locker room at Evergreen State College.

Colleen Francis, who admits she was born a man but has lived as a woman since 2009, was sitting in the sauna in the woman’s locker room in late September when she was asked to leave.

The locker room is attached to the College’s pool that is also used by two high school girl’s swim teams. That evening, it is reported that a parent of one of the girl’s swim teams came in the locker room and asked Francis to leave. Francis states:

“I looked at her and said, ‘Excuse me?’ And she said, ‘You have to leave, I’ll be right back. She wouldn’t identify herself. All she said was that there were a couple of girls that came upstairs to the pool, and said that there was a man in the sauna.”

When Francis refused to leave, someone called campus police and then local parents heard about the incident.

One of the local parents, Kristi Holterman, was reported saying:

“They’re uncomfortable with him being in there, her, being in there and are shocked by it.”

The State of Washington law specifically states that it requires equal access to state facilities regardless of gender identity.

Evergreen State College came up with a temporary solution. They stated that there is another, smaller locker room where they will have the girl’s swim team use.

Francis believes that the students need to be informed.

“This is not 1959 Alabama. We don’t call police for drinking from the wrong water fountain,” said Francis.

 

 

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  1. “who admits she was born a man…” The author needs to read just a little bit about the difference between sex (anatomical – she was born male) and gender (social – a boy could grow up to be a man). The woman in the article possesses at least one male sex characteristic (the penis, it sounds like), but that does not mean that she was born a man. Should I recommend some reading? Authors might include Kate Bornstein, Leslie Feinberg, your local lgbt newspaper… or you could just ask a local transgender person to read your article over before you publish it.

    I also want to say that I’m surprised that Evergreen didn’t already have a policy about this stuff (like, that students and staff can’t use the facilities when they’re rented out). I was a high school swimmer and we never saw any of the college whose pool we used’s students around the locker rooms, sauna, or steam room when we were there for practices or competitions.

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