Julia Hartley-Brewer lashes out at Topshop's gender-neutral changing rooms

Julia Hartley-Brewer lashes out at Topshop's gender-neutral changing rooms

Julia Hartley-Brewer lashes out at Topshop's gender-neutral changing rooms

Topshop has announced gender neutral changing rooms following a complaint from a trans customer who claims they were refused access to female cubicles.

Travis Alabanza, who identifies as transfeminine, was turned away from the changing rooms at the Topshop branch in Manchester, and was advised by retail assistants to use Topman's changing rooms instead.

They added: 'She wasn't rude, but she wasn't sympathetic either'.

Others are perfectly happy with those who are gender-nonconforming, and want them to have safe spaces, but are concerned that women-only spaces, such as refuges, shared changing rooms and toilets, are places where women deserve to be safe from men.

However, another said Topshop's changing rooms should only be available to women and children.

They are a trans, gender-non-conforming person who uses gender-neutral pronouns. "You've got curtains - keep the curtains closed, I don't see a problem".

Travis added: "I normally online shop for this reason".

Something tells us they're going to have to say something pretty soon.

However, a Topshop spokesperson has since told told Cosmopolitan UK: "All TOPSHOP TOPMAN customers are free to use any of the fitting rooms located within our stores".

However, not everyone agreed with the change of policy with one raising concerns that it could make Topshop's target market - teenage girls - feel uncomfortable.

Travis has since suggested that the fashion retailer should go beyond their policy and "train the staff about what it means to serve every kind of customer, how to advocate for us and respond against people who are phobic".

When Alabanza tweeted about the incident shortly after it happened, several other people responded saying they'd had similar experiences.

While unarguably a bad situation, perhaps Alabanza's experience will highlight to other companies the need to go above and beyond simply changing their official line. "It was clearly a copy and paste tweet, clearly a bot", they said.

"It's completely changed my feelings".

This commenter agreed: 'v disappointed 2 hear men now allowed in girls changing putting their safety at risk, due to One Man.

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