She’d cut her hair short to support a children’s cancer charity.
After gay marriage was legalized in the U.S., conservatives were forced to take their losing battle against the LGBT community to the bathroom. Citing public safety issues and religious freedom, North Carolina lawmakers passed legislation to prevent transgender people from using bathrooms of their expressed gender. But, according to Politifact, there has never been a problem with sexual predators dressing up to access opposite-sex restrooms. So all these laws have done is incite bigotry against transgender people. Now, a recent uncomfortable experience by a cisgendered woman in a Walmart ladies room shows just how ludicrous the anti-trans movement has become.
Last Friday, 22-year-old Aimee Toms of Naugatuck, Connecticut was using the women’s bathroom at a local Walmart when a stranger accused her of being a transgender woman. The woman extended her middle finger and said, “You’re disgusting!” and “You don’t belong here!” Toms believes she was targeted because of her short hair. She had recently donated her locks to a program that makes wigs for children with cancer. I’ve had people call me all sorts of names for having short hair,” Toms said in a Facebook video that’s been viewed over 80,000 times. “I’ve had people call me a boy, I’ve had people call me a dyke, I’ve had people call me gay.”
Toms believes the North Carolina law has empowered bigots to harass LGBTQ people. “I think this is all just a response. No one was telling these people to be scared of transgender people before. No one was telling them that they should be throwing people out of bathrooms,” Toms said. “As if it wasn’t scary enough for transgender people to use the bathroom before.”
Toms’ experience isn’t the only incident where cisgendered people have been targeted due to anti-trans hysteria. Earlier this month in Texas, Jessica Rush was followed by a man into the women’s restroom because he believed she was a transgender woman. “People hate what they don’t understand and they hate what they don’t know,” Toms said. “And it creates a cycle of disgusting bigotry that reflects back on our nation and makes us look ridiculous.”