Krista - posted on 11/17/2010 ( 77 moms have responded )
From Global Maritimes:
FREDERICTON, NB - An androgynous lesbian who says she was assaulted by a woman in a women's washroom at a New Brunswick university says people need to educated about those who don't fall into traditional gender categories.
Michelle Rayner, a first-year student at St. Thomas University, issued a statement Wednesday alleging she was attacked when she was mistaken for a man in a women's washroom on campus.
Rayner said she understands why the woman in the washroom mistook her for a man, but upon explaining she's a transgender woman, the other woman punched her in the mouth.
Rayner said in an interview that the incident occurred during the first week of classes and she didn't report it to police or the university.
Jeffrey Carleton, the university's director of communications, said the incident was never reported but the university is going to look into it.
Rayner said she's speaking out now to raise awareness of transgender issues and the fact that not everyone fits neatly into the traditional perceptions of male and female.
"People aren't recognizing transgender issues," Rayner said. "There are people who fall between. ... I'm only one example."
She said her goal is to educate the public about those differences and to push for more gender-neutral washroom spaces on campus.
Here is a photo of Rayner: http://www.xtra.ca/BinaryContent/stories...
What are your thoughts on this? Do you think that the other woman was being bigoted, or do you think she just didn't believe Rayner's explanation about being transgender? Do you think that people who cultivate an androgynous appearance are setting themselves up for this type of incident? Do you think that we should just set up unisex washrooms and be done with it?