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Charlotte’s LGBT ordinance fails as men harass trans teen leaving the ladies room

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Men loitering outside a woman’s restroom at the Charlotte government center harass a transgender teenager calling her a ‘punk’ and ‘pervert’. Photos QNOTES

Charlotte City Council voted down 6-5 the proposed LGBT ordinance that would have added sexual orientation and gender identity to protected categories.

Before the vote the language ensuring transgender people had access to public accommodation provisions was removed. Two democrats voting against the final version.

“I will not and I cannot support an amendment that does not protect all of our citizens,” Mayfield, a Democrat, told the Charlotte Observer.

Mayfield and Autry, also a Democrat, voted against removing the bathroom section, and both voted against the final bill because they couldn’t support a half measure.

While hundreds of people made their views known to the council a number of men stood around the ladies room hoping to find transgender woman to harass.

Olivia, 17, told qnotes she went to use the women’s restroom on the second floor of the government center. Inside, everything was fine and she heard no complaints from the adult women in the restroom. But when she came out, Olivia says a man confronted her, called her a “young man” and said she shouldn’t have been in the women’s restroom.

Olivia also said that Benham joined in the confrontation. Benham’s fellow activist, Ante Pavkovic, apparently recorded the incident, but Benham refused to show qnotes the video, saying he’ll send it to Shawn Hannity at Fox News.

“I don’t want a pervert like yourself trying to misrepresent what happened in there when that young boy went into that bathroom with the young girls,” Benham said.

The teenager said she responded angrily, calling Benham an “asshole,” but her mother, Darlena, said she felt Benham was the aggressor. She stepped between them. As they walked away, Benham allegedly said the teenager should be arrested.

Benham called the teenager a “punk” and a “pervert” and claimed there were children in the restroom.

“He was in the bathroom with the kids. That boy was in with our girls,” Benham said, when asked if he thought it was appropriate to confront a 17 year old.

Kelli Busey
Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


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