Like civil rights
pioneers before her, Helena Stone simply wanted the
freedom to use public accommodations just like anyone else.
So after her third arrest for using a women's
bathroom at New York City's Grand Central
Terminal, where she worked as a telephone technician, the
70-year-old trans woman (nee Henry McGuinness) filed a
complaint with the city's Human Rights
case was settled in October when the Metropolitan
Transportation Authority agreed to let transgender
people use the restrooms of their choosing throughout
the sizable railroad and subway system it operates.
Stone, who has been transitioning for 10 years, was thrilled
with the landmark outcome, which will help pave the
way for similar decisions in jurisdictions around the
country. Because of her, trans people in New York City
are less likely to suffer the indignity Stone faced when she
was denied the use of a basic public facility.