I am wondering if you knew if a pre-op woman can legally use the restroom/locker room of her choice in Minnesota? I have been using the women’s locker rooms and restrooms for years, however I want to know if what I am doing is legal in the state of Minnesota.
Rules and laws change over time and vary from state to state. The last time I checked Minnesota’s perspective (if you will) was more or less vague and not tooooo helpful. But even if there is a law that allows people to use the changing room/locker room/restroom that aligns with their gender identity it doesn’t mean there will not be any issues. I mean, it’s illegal to discriminate but racism and sexism sadly still exist.
I can only speak to my experience and what I do. When I am out if there is an option to use a family or an all gender restroom I use that. If not, I use the ladies room. The gym I go to has a large locker room with connecting changing rooms that is designed for families and is open (and they do specify) to people of all genders. My gym is inclusive and I love that.
Even if it is legal to use the restroom that matches our gender identity/presentation it doesn’t mean that everything will go fine. People are still people, after all. In all my years of using the ladies room I have never had an issue, but I’m sure someday someone is going to say something, regardless if it’s legal for me to be in there.
I chose to take my business to places that more or less match my values. I won’t eat at Chik-Fil-A for example. I go to Target not only because I live in Minnesota (and that’s what Minnesotans do, lol) but because they made it very clear that their guests are welcome to use the restrooms and changing rooms that line up with their gender identity. Planet Fitness also made it very clear what their stance on this is as well.
I would recommend downloading the Refugee Restroom app to your phone. This app provides safe restroom access for transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming individuals. It is a valuable resource available to those who find themselves in need of a place to pee safely once again. Users can search for restrooms by proximity to a search location, add new restroom listings, as well as comment and rate existing listings.
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