The Trans Consumer


Harkins Theatres (Employer)

i spoke with the general manager about my being trans

my intention was simply to discuss bathroom cleaning and usage. she told me right off the bat that she had been meaning to discuss my being transgender with me and wanted to ask me what i am comfortable with as far as the schedule goes.

she told me she had already spoken with corporate about the situation since she has never hired a trans-person before, and she wanted to treat me properly. she always referred to me as he. i thought i was going to have to over explain that bathrooms are a sticky situation for me since my anatomy would dictate that i go to the womyn’s room (in a society that conflates sex and gender) but my appearance and identity would make womyn possibly feel as though i am a predator in their space, which is the last thing i want especially since i’m a feminist. i didn’t have to explain anything. she was like you live as a male, you dress as a male, you’re male. you use/clean the men’s room.

she said she may have to manually put my name into the schedule every week since it’s a computer system that automatically puts your legal name in but that it wasn’t a problem. she also said that if anything happened in the men’s room (like me being assaulted or something) that i would just not have to do restroom checks anymore. she also said that she’d like to avoid that to keep my privacy intact.

my rating for harkins, especially since this particular location has never had to deal with trans-persons before, is 5/5.

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