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