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The Walgreens drugstore chain has bowed to pressure to allow men posing as women to use its women’s restrooms, despite the Target chain losing millions in revenue following a similar decision.
The drug store chain made its decision after a gay customer named Jessie Meehan, who is not transgender, said she was not allowed to use a women’s bathroom at a Los Angeles location. Meehan claimed she was on her way to participate in the city’s LGBTQ Pride festival in 2017 when store management made the decision.
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Meehan said that the store managers told her that store policy was to restrict bathroom use to a customer’s appearance, MSN News reported.
“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 complained in an email to Walgreens, according to MSN. “This in itself was very humiliating for me, and I felt extremely uncomfortable.”
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The customer, who did purchase some items during her visit to the location, said she argued with the store manager and corporate headquarters to no avail.
Meehan eventually took her complaint to an LA chapter of the ACLU, which contacted Walgreens threatening legal action.
The chain bowed to pressure immediately.
ACLU staff attorney Amanda Goad celebrated the chain’s decision saying, “In an ideal world, the best policies apply to everyone because it’s not exclusively a transgender issue and having staff speculate who or who might not be transgender doesn’t help anyone.”
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The victorious customer also celebrated the decision. “When I think of...
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