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May 16th 2016

Taylor Bell

Apparently, even if you're not transgender you still might face discrimination in the restroom.

Twenty-two-year-old Aimée Toms was just trying to use the bathroom, when she was allegedly verbally assaulted by another woman. The woman, Toms alleged in a viral Facebook post, thought she was transgender.

 Aimée Toms

Toms, who had recently cut her hair and donated it to a charity for cancer patients, was sporting a baseball cap and T-shirt at the time she entered a Walmart bathroom in Danbury, Connecticut.

Toms claimed a woman approached her and yelled, "You are not supposed to be here! You need to leave!"

Then the woman also allegedly yelled, "You're disgusting!" and flipped Toms off.

Toms described the incident in a Facebook video post, where she commented on so-called "transgender bathroom panic." The video received more than 20,000 views since it was posted Friday.

“I don't care if you think it's unnatural," Toms said in a Facebook post. "I don't care if you think it's a mental issue — which it isn't. I don't care if it makes you uncomfortable. These people are who they are and they're not going to change themselves to make you uncomfortable."

"I get all up in arms about this issue, because I was obviously a transgender people advocate before any of this happened," Toms continued. "But after today, and after experiencing firsthand discrimination that they face, I cannot fathom how much discrimination transgender people must face in a lifetime."

The incident follows mounting controversy about North Carolina's House Bill 2, which requires transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds with gender displayed on their birth certificate.

Those who support that bill and similar legislation argue that allowing transgender people to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity, gives a green light for criminals to assault women and children in public restrooms under the guise of being transgender.

However, research has proven the opposite. As ATTN: previously reported, transgender people are more likely to experience harassment and violence in public places.

Bathroom Sign

That has not stopped people from protesting the ability of transgender individuals to use restrooms that correspond with gender identity. A recent video series, criticizing the retail giant Target's decision to allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice, featured straight men going into the women's bathroom to assert the claim that transgender inclusive bathrooms give a hall pass to sexual predators and pedophiles.

The United States Justice Department has since condemned the North Carolina's controversial law, saying that it violates the United States Civil Rights Act of 1964. In response, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) filed a lawsuit against the federal government in defense of the bill.

Even President Barack Obama has taken a stand on the issue.

The Obama administration — via the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division — recently issued guidelines for all public schools stating that schools "must allow transgender students access to such facilities consistent with their gender identity," as Snopes pointed out.

The joint "dear colleague" letter issued by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division stated:

"Title IX’s implementing regulations permit a school to provide sex-segregated restrooms, locker rooms, shower facilities, housing, and athletic teams, as well as single-sex classes under certain circumstances.12 When a school provides sex-segregated activities and facilities, transgender students must be allowed to participate in such activities and access such facilities consistent with their gender identity.13

  • "Restrooms and Locker Rooms. A school may provide separate facilities on the basis of sex, but must allow transgender students access to such facilities consistent with their gender identity.14 A school may not require transgender students to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity or to use individual-user facilities when other students are not required to do so. A school may, however, make individual-user options available to all students who voluntarily seek additional privacy."15"

ATTN: reached out to Toms but did not receive a comment in time for publication; we will update accordingly.