- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 19, 2016

D.C. police have charged a security guard at a Giant supermarket with simple assault after a transgender woman accused her of physically removing her from the women’s bathroom.

Ebony Belcher, 32, said she went to the Giant near Third and H streets in northeast D.C. Wednesday to pick up a delivery from the Western Union, a local NBC News affiliate reported.

Ms. Belcher said she was using the women’s bathroom when a female security guard swung open the door and ordered her to get out.

“She opened the door and came in and started calling me derogatory names,” Ms. Belcher said.

Ms. Belcher said the guard told her, “You guys cannot keep coming in here and using our women’s restroom. They did not pass the law yet.”

She said the guard grabbed her by the arm and forced her out of the store.

Ms. Belcher said she suffers from Parkinson’s disease and almost fell while the guard was manhandling her, NBC News reported.

She reported the incident to police and the guard, who was not identified, was arrested at the store. The police report lists the incident as a suspected hate crime, NBC News reported.

Transgender bathroom laws are a subject of national debate after North Carolina passed the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, or HB2, which requires people to use public bathrooms based on their gender at birth.

President Obama last week issued a directive to public schools that transgender students must be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice.

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