“I’m trying to use the ladies’ room and there is a man here claiming that he is a lady."
Republican Jazmina Saavedra who is running for Congress in California’s 44th District filmed herself berating a transgender woman through a closed bathroom stall in a Los Angeles restaurant.
It happened at Denny’s restaurant on Tuesday and Saavedra armed with her cell phone goes through the dining room to confront the woman in the closed stall.
“I’m trying to use the ladies’ room and there is a man here claiming that he is a lady,” she says in the video.
Saavedra then enters the bathroom claiming her privacy is being violated while filming the entire thing.
The woman from behind the closed stall door responds, “You’re invading my privacy."
Saavedra then walks through the crowded restaurant saying, “So, that guy is violating my right to use the ladies’ room here, and he said he’s a lady! Stupid guy.”
California law currently allows trans folks to use the restroom of the gender in which they identify, “This is so stupid, in California… how they let people say, ‘It’s a lady, you should….’ It’s a man saying that he’s a lady,” says Saavedra.
The woman exits the bathroom and is escorted out by what looks to be a security guard. Addressing Saavedra she says, “Excuse me, I was in the toilet, how did I invade your privacy?”
Later after the unidentified lady leaves Saavedra warns that this is what happens in California, "they allow a man who thinks he's a lady in the ladies room...are put in danger, the family..."
Saavedra then returns to her booth to give a synopsis of what just occurred.
"I just wanted to show everyone outside California, even here in California...you know this is the first time it's happened to me, that I found a man in the ladies room..this is true...it's real...things are happening so we have to stop those crazy laws, those crazy people in power..."
In the end, Saavedra pulls out her pepper spray and a pink stun gun, advising every woman to carry the same things because "you never know what crazy people you will find in public restrooms."
Currently, under the California Gender Nondiscrimination Act, it is illegal to discriminate against a person based on gender expression or gender identity.
You can watch the entire video HERE.