- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A Connecticut woman with short hair says she was mistaken for a transgender woman and told to leave a Wal-Mart bathroom.

Aimee Toms, 22, posted a video to Facebook on Friday recounting the incident, saying a woman confronted her in the restroom and told her to leave.

“She said, ‘You are not supposed to be here. You need to leave,’” Ms. Toms said. “So at first I was like, ‘Does she think I work at a different store, and I shouldn’t be in this bathroom?’ So I said, ‘Yes I do,’ and then she flipped me off, and she was like, ‘You’re disgusting,’ and stormed out.

“She just thought I was somebody who was transgender, and she thought I was a dude who was hiding in the women’s bathroom,” she said.

Ms. Toms, who has glasses and short brown hair, also said she was wearing a baseball cap at the time.

The nation is in the middle of a heated debate about transgender access to restrooms. In response to a Charlotte city ordinance, North Carolina enacted a law regulating public facilities on the basis of biological sex.

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