You would think that after the mess it caused for Target and other retails, the transgender bathroom issue would have gone by the wayside. So why is Walgreens stirring the pot by announcing their new policy to allow men into women’s restrooms, or women in to men’s?
Drugstore chain Walgreens has adopted a new companywide policy that permits customers to use store bathrooms that align with their gender identity. The policy was announced after a customer said a Walgreens employee forbade her from using the women’s restroom because she “dressed like a man,” according to a statement issued this week by the ACLU’s Southern California chapter.
Jessie Meehan was on her way to a Los Angeles LGBTQ pride festival last year when she stopped at a Walgreens in Hollywood. After spending approximately $20 in the store, she asked a sales associate to open one of the bathrooms for her. Meehan said the employee refused to allow her in the women’s restroom and instead insisted Meehan use the men’s facility. The store manager, according to ACLU SoCal, agreed with the sales associate and denied Meehan use of the women’s bathroom.
“I am a woman. I identify as female,” Meehan said in a video posted to ACLU SoCal’s website and YouTube. “She can’t tell me which one to use. It’s illegal to do that.” In the video, Meehan discloses that she’s been discriminated against her whole life due to her appearance, but this was the first time she decided to do something about it.
The conservative group, American Family Association, has launched a petition to stop the actions of Walgreens.
Since a similar public policy was announced by Target Stores, Inc. two years ago, dozens of women and children have been victimized by male predators inside Target stores.
Walgreens’ new policy could potentially result in female customers becoming victims of voyeurism, sexual assault and physical attack.
1. Sign our petition urging Walgreens to immediately reverse its dangerous policy that allows men unrestricted access into women’s restrooms.
2. To make your voice heard even more, please call Walgreens’ corporate office at 1-800-925-4733 and share your concerns.
3. If you are a Walgreens’ customer, let your local store manager hear from you. You can find the local store number here.
And so it continues.