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Lesbian Booted From Bowling Alley for Using Women's Bathroom


A cisgender lesbian was told to leave after using the restroom because staff mistook her for a transgender person.

Jessica Walton and her wife Charlie were celebrating their birthdays at a Strike Bowling Alley Saturday evening in Australia when they were asked to leave for using the women's toilets.

After finishing a game, the pair went to use the women's restroom. When they exited, a security guard stopped Charlie, according to a series of posts on Twitter from Walton.

"She was told she was going to be forcibly removed from the premises for using the women's toilet," Jessica Walton, an author, posted on Twitter. "The guard said if she didn't leave the premises she would be removed forcibly. He called for a second guard. My partner was so scared. Imagine two guards approaching you to throw you out for going to the toilet!"

According to Walton, the couple then approached a manager who asked the security guard to apologize. The guard said the mistake was due to poor lighting. When she, as an amputee, struggled to get off her bowling shoes and needed her insulted wife's help, Walton burst into tears.

When Walton returned her shoes, still crying, she explained the situation to the person at the desk. Afterward, that staff member offered the couple vouchers and said they understand if they would not want to return to the venue.

The person who helped ameliorate the situation was nonbinary; but Walton felt it should not be on queer people to fix dilemmas caused by bigoted staff.

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