Just as i was thinking that the UK was streets ahead of the US when it comes to using loos, a story surfaces of what appears to be out and out anti-trans discrimination down in Poole. The details, as published so far, and in this report in Pink News, seem to be fairly open and shut.
A trans woman – Vicki Saxe-Coburg used the female loos at Poole Stadium during a speedway event. She was then confronted by security, in public, and asked to use the disabled ones instead. They claimed another spectator had complained about her.
Returning to the stadium a week later with a doctor’s letter confirming her transition, she raised the matter with the stadium management but allegedly “did not get very far with her complaint”.
All pretty awful stuff, although i’d have to add that i’m not especially happy about the story yet, either.
That is, there’s a lot of background that isn’t yet out in the press…so i will be diging over the next week.
However, i do not hold out much hope of getting the FULL story. My first calls today – to the speedway team and the stadium – were thoroughly stonewalled. The speedway team were fairly offhand, to the point of rudeness.
The stadium staff took a most unusual approach to press relationships. I was phoned by “a spokesman” who explained he was only phoning to say “no comment” – and who would not give me his name.
That really IS unusual. My only hope is that this individual is either low down the management food chain, or they are still working out how to react. I certainly cannot remember exactly the last time that a “spokesman” refused to give a name.
(Think it was in respect of some very dodgy dealings by a school… and a member of staff would talk to me, but refused to give a name which, for purposes of responsible journalism, is next to useless).
Anyway, thought i’d mention this in public because a) i will also be trying to get hold of vicki over the weekend and b) if anyone else has any closer/inside info, i’d be grateful if they’d drop me a line.