- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 19, 2016

A female security guard at a grocery store has been charged with assault after confronting a transgender woman in a women’s restroom and kicking her out of the store.

The incident took place at a Giant grocery store in northeast D.C., when transgender woman Ebony Belcher, 32, went to the store with a friend to pick up a delivery.

On her way to the restroom, Ms. Belcher passed the guard, who followed her into the restroom and said, “I know you are a man.”

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

After she came out of the restroom, Ms. Belcher said “the guard grabbed me and pushed me out of the store.”

“Little does she know, I have Parkinson’s Disease, and I struggle with walking,” Ms. Belcher told the local NBC News affiliate. “I almost tripped and fell and busted my head, when she pushed me out the door.”

Ms. Belcher later called the police, who came to the Giant store and arrested the security guard on charges of assault. The police also listed the incident as a hate crime, NBC reported.

Giant said in a statement that the guard, who has not been identified, is employed by a third-party security company.

The D.C. Human Rights Act allows restroom use on the basis of gender identity, according to the D.C. Trans Coalition.

The Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs is reportedly following the case closely.

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