Warning: video contains strong language
Aimée Toms, a 22-year-old Connecticut woman, was harassed in a Walmart bathroom when she was mistaken for a transgender person and took to Facebook to let the world know exactly what she thought about it.
Toms isn’t embarrassed about being mistaken for a man, but is upset she, or anyone else, has to defend her right to use the Walmart bathroom. “If it really takes me pulling up my shirt and showing someone I grew these boobs myself for them to leave me alone in a restroom, I don’t want to live on this planet anymore,” she writes on her Facebook page.
In a video rant, she describes the encounter. Toms was wearing a baseball cap and a big t-shirt, and she now wears her hair short, after donating it to be made into wigs for cancer patients.
A woman in the bathroom came up from behind Toms and told her she should not be in the bathroom, leaving Toms confused. It was only after the woman told Toms she is “disgusting” and flipped her off that Toms realized the woman thought she was transgender.
“OK, I can get why at first glance she would mistake me for somebody who was transgender. But I turned around and I looked at her. And, at the sake of sounding blunt, I am not a flat chested person,” Toms says.
She then goes on to explain why she finds the whole issue “amazingly ridiculous.”
Toms argues that fears the North Carolina bathroom bill will give men access to women’s restrooms in order to sexually harass woman does not make sense. Toms describes being sexually harassed, and almost raped, in a women’s bathroom because a man followed her into it before there were any laws opening it up to transgender people.
Toms claims there are more assaults on transgender people in bathrooms than there are cases of people using the transgender bathroom laws to assault people.
“I, honestly, I can’t believe it. I was a victim of transphobia as a cisgender female.”
Toms ends her rant by asking people to stop discriminating. “If you are going to treat me differently because you think I’m a lesser person, then I hope you fall in a pit and every ice-cream cone you ever get for the rest of your life falls in the dirt and they don’t have your flavor.”