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Transgender Woman Banned
Thu April 11, 2013
Rosauers Supermarket In Idaho Bans Trans Woman From Store
A supermarket in north Idaho has banned a transgendered woman from the store after she used the women's restroom. Police issued Ally Robledo a trespass notice that will make it a misdemeanor for her to enter the store for one year.
Managers at the Rosauers in Lewiston told police they received complaints from women about Robledo using the restroom. Robledo was born male as Alberto, but identifies and dresses like a woman and is the process of transitioning physically.
“So when I use the female restroom, I feel more comfortable, I feel like a lady," Robledo says. "I don't invade anybody's privacy and for them to bring that out in a no trespassing order is just humiliating.”
The 25-year-old trans woman claims the Spokane-based grocery chain violated her civil rights, and she’s looking into a lawsuit. Idaho law does not outright prevent businesses from denying service to someone based on gender identity or sexual orientation.
Rosauers, which operates stores in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, did not respond to requests for comment.
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