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Cis-woman changes Walgreens' restroom policy after they make her use men's room

Jessie Meehan helped change a big company's policy on public restroom rules.
Photo credit:
ACLU of Southern California

A cis-woman who just wanted to use the bathroom at her local big-chain pharmacy may have changed their entire policy on restroom usage.

Jessie Meehan was checking out at her Walgreens on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles during L.A. Pride in 2017. She asked if she could use their restroom, they said yes but since she looked masculine was instructed to use the men’s room.

Meehan is not trans and identifies with the pronouns she, her and hers. She said she used the men’s room out of desperation but felt uncomfortable. 

“I had to go so I didn’t put up much of a fight and used the stall while the men used the urinals next to me,” she said in a letter to Walgreens. “This in itself was very humiliating for me and I felt extremely uncomfortable.”

After the incident Meehan contacted Walgreens management about her ordeal, even offering to train their staff on LGBT sensitivity. But she received no response from them after two months.

It should be noted that Walgreens was named Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Commission in 2016.

Since she never heard back Meehan contacted ACLU of Southern California who sent a letter to the corporation reminding them that California protects the rights of people who want to use the restroom of the gender in which they identify.

The pharmacy took heed and created the nationwide Transgender inclusion policy back in November, affecting 8,000 of its stores.

“All individuals have a right to use restroom facilities that correspond to the individual’s gender identity, regardless of the individual’s sex assigned at birth,” the policy reads. “Walgreens family of companies subscribes to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression/presentation.”

Meehan created a video confessional and in it explains she has been the victim of discrimination her whole life because of how she looks.