By Parker Marie Molloy
Originally published on Advocate.com April 08 2014 4:06 PM ET
Andraya Williams, a 22-year-old North Carolina trans woman, made headlines earlier this week after news broke that she had been confronted by a team of security guards outside the women's restroom at her college, and escorted off campus. Williams, who had been told she was suspended until she provided "medical proof of being a female," or agreed to use only a gender-neutral restroom, has suggestions for how she'd like the school to move forward following the incident.
Central Piedmont Community College maintains their original position that the security guard confronted Williams only in the interest of the safety of other students, though, as has been thoroughly documented, allowing trans people to use restrooms that correspond to their gender identity does not lead to an increase in bathroom assaults on cisgender (nontrans) women.
Williams is requesting that the school issue a formal, written apology, that she be granted official permission to use the women's restroom, for the school to update its policies regarding transgender students, and for school staff members to undergo trans sensitivity training.
At a recent rally of support, Williams spoke out, asking people to "stop bullying minorities."
Watch her speech below.