Walgreens now allows bathroom use corresponding with gender identity

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Walgreens is changing its policy to allow customers to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity.

The drugstore chain’s new policy comes after a woman said she was told she couldn’t use the women’s bathroom at a Walgreens in Hollywood due to her appearance, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Jessie Meehan, who is not transgender, had asked to use the bathroom at a Walgreens after she made a purchase on her way to the LGBTQ Pride festival last year.

{mosads}”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,” Meehan wrote in an email to Walgreens, according to the Times.

“This in itself was very humiliating for me and I felt extremely uncomfortable.”

Meehan said she wrote a letter to the chain after the incident, in which she recommended steps Walgreens could take.

About two months later, Amanda Goad, a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), wrote to Walgreens saying that California law “protects every person’s right to access restrooms based on their gender identity in workplaces, schools and business establishments.”

The chain then adopted a new policy nationwide, it confirmed to the Times.

The chain said the policy applied to everyone, although it was targeted toward transgender individuals.

“In an ideal world, the best policies apply to everyone because it’s not exclusively a transgender issue and having staff speculate who or who might not be transgender doesn’t help anyone,” Goad told the Times.

In August of last year, an LGBTQ rights group sued to force the Trump administration to turn over documents related to its decision to withdraw Education Department guidance that allowed transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
In October of last year, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) and the ACLU agreed to settle a federal lawsuit, filing a consent decree allowing transgender people in the state to use the public restrooms that match their gender identities.
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