Target: Rosauers Supermarket
Goal: Condemn Rosauers for barring a transgender customer from using the store’s restrooms
When 25-year-old Ally Robledo, a transgender woman, attempted to use the women’s restroom at her local Rosauers Supermarket in Lewiston, Idaho, she was slapped with a misdemeanor for public trespassing by the local police force after several other female customers complained.
When she was interviewed about the incident by NBC news, Robledo expressed how painful it was to have her gender issues flung in her face: “I’m struggling here in this rural community… Now I feel even more vulnerable. I’m a female trapped in a man’s body. It’s natural for me to go to the ladies’ room. Getting the no trespassing order for a public restroom was really painful.”
When questioned about the police force’s actions, Lewiston Police Captain Roger Lanier tried to justify the actions they took against Ms. Robledo by saying that: “Society has yet to define exactly what makes a transgender. Far be it from a police department in Idaho to try to define that.” This is a rather broad and frankly ignorant statement if there ever was one.
Robledo went on to tell NBC that, since her gender expression is clearly female, using the men’s restrooms was not a viable option either: “When I did use the males (restroom) there would be people that would harass me in school. I would feel really embarrassed and there were times when I found myself in a lot of dangerous situations.”
What both Rosauers Supermarket and the Lewiston police force did to Ms. Robledo could be considered discrimination at best, a severe infringement on her basic civil rights at worst. Help make it clear that their actions will not be tolerated and that the sensibilities of a few narrow-minded customers should never take precedence over the rights of an individual, no matter how that individual chooses to identify themselves.
Dear Rosauers Supermarket,
As much as you may care about the comfort of your customers, how you treated Ally Robledo was a gross misstep on both yours and the local police force’s part. Robledo has no doubt been facing discrimination and prejudice all her life and I doubt having her right to use a bathroom called into question was a pleasant experience for her.
I hope that your company and your employees understand how backwards your attitude towards Ms. Robledo was and how wrong it was to put the sensibilities of a few ignorant customers at a greater value than the basic rights of an individual. By signing this petition letter, I am expressing my hope that you’ll reconsider your stance on transgender individuals in the future and that you’ll issue an apology to Ms. Robledo.
[Your Name Here]