July-August 2016 – On May 16, a female security guard at Giant Grocery Store in Washington, D.C. was arrested because she physically escorted a man out of the ladies’ restroom after he refused to leave.
The young man, who calls himself Ebony Belcher and identifies as a woman, said the security guard told him, “You guys cannot keep coming in here and using our women’s restroom. They did not pass the law yet.”
Belcher called the police to report the incident. He claimed he was emotionally traumatized by the incident and that the guard had no reason to put her hands on him. “People should not be discriminated based on their gender identity,” he stated. “I’m hurt by this. It’s terrible … I’m distraught.”
The security guard has been charged with simple assault, and D.C. police are treating the incident as a “suspected hate crime.”
A Daily Caller poll indicated as of May 24 that 97% agreed with the security guard’s decision to remove the man from the women’s restroom.