The transgender bathroom wars may have receded into the background in recent months, but rest assured that they’re still raging on.
The Hill reports that the latest company to give into the madness is the drugstore chain Walgreens, which has announced a new company-wide policy that allows customers to use whichever restroom they “identify” with their gender.
Notably, this particular change was reportedly instigated not by the case of a transgender individual, but by that of a woman who, er, apparently didn’t look like a woman to employees of a Walgreens location in Hollywood, California:
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Jessie Meehan, who is not transgender, had asked to use the bathroom at a Walgreens after she made a purchase on her way to the LGBTQ Pride festival last year.
“I had to go so I didn’t put up much of a fight and used the stall while the men used the urinals next to me,” Meehan wrote in an email to Walgreens, according to the Times.
“This in itself was very humiliating for me and I felt extremely uncomfortable.”
Meehan said she wrote a letter to the chain after the incident, in which she recommended steps Walgreens could take.
About two months later, Amanda Goad, a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), wrote to Walgreens saying that California law “protects every person’s right to access restrooms based on their gender identity in workplaces, schools and business establishments.”
The chain then adopted a new policy nationwide, it confirmed to the Times.
Curious as to how plausible it would be for store staff to mistake this woman for a man, I did a quick search and found the following ACLU video in which Meehan tells her story [WARNING: includes pretentious left-wing schmaltz]:
At the risk of enraging both feminist and LGBT hordes, I’ll note that her features aren’t the most feminine in the world, and we don’t know how exactly she appeared (clothes, makeup, hairstyle, etc.) on the day in question, but she certainly looks feminine enough that I would be genuinely surprised at any reasonably competent employee not simply taking her at her word — particularly at a location in Hollywood. Can you imagine what that Walgreens must see on a daily basis?
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Second, it must be noted that Meehan was not a random shopper simply going about daily errands, but a left-wing LGBT activist. In light of leftists’ long history of faking hate crimes in the name of identity politics, we can’t discount the possibility of the incident being intentionally manufactured in some way. Neither the Hill nor the Los Angeles Times makes any mention of whether Walgreens conducted an investigation into the incident.
Nevertheless, the LGBT lobby got the outcome they wanted, presumably because it wasn’t a leap from Walgreens’ purported “progressive” values and/or because it was cheaper and easier to simply give them and the ACLU what they wanted. But at what cost to everyone else?
I very much doubt that many people care which restrooms trans people use. Most folks just want to get in and get out with a minimum of time or human interaction, and nobody has ever been able to adequately explain why it’s unthinkable for trans people to just enter whatever restroom they can pass for, use a private stall, and defuse whatever unlikely confrontations arise with a simple “sorry, wrong door.”
The real issue with “inclusive” restrooms is that they give straight, non-trans predators a built-in excuse for being in close quarters with potential targets in the first place — a danger that, contrary to liberal mythology, is not hypothetical.
Millions of customers (or perhaps soon-to-be former customers) identify as troubled. Why doesn’t Walgreens’ inclusiveness apply to them?
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