I expect we’ll be seeing more and more of these incidents in response to “Gender Identity” legislation.
Jazmina Saavedra is a Republican candidate running in the 44th District, which represents communities from South Los Angeles to San Pedro.
From ABC Channel 7:
“You cannot put together a man and a woman in the same bathroom. No way,” she said. “This is not about gender. This is not about being gay or something. This is about I hear a voice of man in the ladies room. This is all about that.”
It is unclear if the man in the video identifies as transgender only that they told a waitress they were female. In a 2016 survey, nearly 60 percent of transgender Americans said they avoid public restrooms out of fear of harassment or assault.
In the election, Saavedra is challenging the Democratic incumbent Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragan.
Barragan issued a statement about the incident: “I was appalled by the treatment that this woman received for simply trying to use the restroom. Everyone has the right to their own identity, and the right not to be discriminated against for who they are.”
But Saavedra said the video was not political.
“This is so stupid…this is nothing to do about gay or nothing. This is about how myself and the other customers feel in danger by hearing a voice of a man inside,” she said.
She added that she does not regret anything she said in the video.”