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Another Toronto business tells customer with guide dog they aren’t welcome

By Christina Stevens

TORONTO – Karoline Bourdeau and her husband Richard said after a long day, they just wanted some sushi at a nearby restaurant.

But as soon as they entered, the owner of Ikki Sushi told them Karoline’s guide dog, Potter had to go.

“He doesn’t talk to me, talks to my husband and points at the door telling us to leave,” said Karoline.

“I explained, he’s a guide dog, he’s allowed in,” said Richard.

They said the restaurant owner kept insisting the dog must wait outside and it quickly became clear that he wasn’t changing his mind.

Global News tried to contact him by telephone, but he hung up. However, when we went to the Scarborough restaurant he explained his point of view.

“I say you can leave the dog outside or in the car,” said Bob Huang, the owner of Ikki Sushi.
He said he was worried that the dog fur might bother other customers, particularly if they are allergic, so he suggested the man (Richard) could be the guide.

“The man can handle this problem. I think the dog just outside waiting for him, no problem,” said Huang.

Even after acknowledging that he understood it was the law, Huang insisted service dogs would not be permitted in his restaurant.

“I understand this way but she’s just thinking of herself. Does she think of other people?” said Huang.

He said it doesn’t matter whether a dog is working, it is still an animal.

Earlier this week Global News reported on another Toronto woman who was told her guide dog was not allowed in a Tim Hortons.

https://disabledaccessdenied.wordpress.com/2015/03/18/tim-hortons-employee-orders-former-paralympian-to-remove-guide-dog-from-restaurant/

“I tried to think of an analogy. If someone is in a wheel chair you know you don’t tell them to leave it outside with the bicycles,” said Victoria Nolan.

After she and her husband refused to leave, staff relented. Legally, they didn’t have a choice.

“The law says that a person that is blind or partially sighted, accompanied by her guide dog must be allowed into places open to the public,” said Yin Brown, Advocacy Manager for CNIB.

Even though they knew they were in the legal right, the Bourdeaus said that as they were unable to sit down or order they left. They also called both Toronto Police and the City of Toronto, with neither taking any action so far.

“This is really humiliating. I could write, not just one book, but ten of them about the different incidents that just keep happening,” said Karoline.

Australian prime minister ABBOTT: Says 99 CENTS AN HOUR IS ENOUGH FOR SOME(he means intellectually disabled) WORKERS

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What a disgraceful excuse for a Christian is Abbott. This week sees the re-introduction of a bill into Parliament that, if passed, will mean that 10,000 workers with an intellectual disability will never receive full compensation for the work they did over a ten year period.

Some of these workers earned just 99 cents an hour. Yep, you read that right. We were paying people with an intellectual disability 99 cents an hour for a decade while the rest of us received far, far more than that.

Under the Fair Work Act, it’s possible to pay people with a disability less than the minimum wage. However, you can’t use the Fair Work Act as an excuse to rip people off. That’s essentially what happened to people working in Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs). The ADEs had used a government scheme called BSWAT to assess its employees’ wage levels. That scheme decided that some workers with an intellectual disability were worth only 9% of what able-bodied workers were worth. Others were worth a little more and earned $3-$4 an hour. Lucky them.

Maurice Blackburn launched a class action on behalf of the workers and, after a drawn out process, the case landed in the High Court. The High Court held up the decision of the Federal Court: the government’s BSWAT assessment was in breach of the Disability Discrimination Act and the workers were owed substantially more than what they had been paid. The High Court ordered the government to compensate them.

That should have been the end of it. If the government had any respect for the High Court, it would have simply done what it had been ordered to do. Not this government though. It introduced a bill last year saying it would only pay the workers half of what they were owed. (I guess you have to fund billions of dollars in petrol subsidies for mining magnates somehow.) After a concerted campaign by disability advocates, the motion was lost.

Not to be deterred, the government re-introduced the bill this week and the tactics they have employed to get the bill passed this time are an absolute disgrace.

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Josh Bornstein, a lawyer for Maurice Blackburn, has been representing the workers throughout their fight. The government played dirty right from the start. Last year, it convinced Clive Palmer that the workers would only receive half of what they were owed anyway because Maurice Blackburn was going to suck up the other half in legal fees. It was a complete lie. Maurice Blackburn are representing the workers on a pro bono basis and won’t collect any fees.

This time around, the gutter tactics have reached a new low. According to Bornstein, the government has persuaded the ADEs to tell families of the workers with disabilities that some of them will be sacked unless the bill is passed and they drop their legal action. It’s an astonishing lie. The ADEs are not the ones shouldering the expense of the back pay, it’s the government who will be doing that. No-one has to be sacked.

Horrifyingly, the strategy is working. Families of vulnerable workers are so scared their kids will lose their jobs that they’re ringing senators and begging them to support the bill. Bornstein suspects this tactic has already worked on both Senators Madigan and Xenophon.

It’s the same approach the Abbott Government has used in the past. First they threatened to leave little kids in detention unless their asylum seeker laws were passed. Then they threatened to sack 1700 scientists if their education bill wasn’t agreed to. Now they’re threatening to sack people with an intellectual disability if the Senate doesn’t consent to paying them only half of what the High Court says they are owed.

Once again, we’re depending on the cross bench to show the moral backbone the cabal of “Christian” men running our country are so clearly lacking. Let’s hope they’ll do the right thing, and let’s hope Xenophon and Madigan will change their minds.

GetUp has launched a tool that will give you the phone number of your cross bench senators.

The bill could be passed today. Give them a call before it’s too late

A School Banned This Service Dog Because It’s A Pit Bull!

Should he stay or should he go?

Little 7-year-old, Anthony Merchante has cerebral palsy but has been battling the courts over something completely different. Anthony has a service dog whom he loves VERY much. His service dog’s name is Stevie and happens to be a pit bull. The fight is over whether or not Stevie should be allowed to come with Anthony to school. Anthony’s mom, Monica, did not sit by quietly. Here is their story:
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Anthony has a number of medical issues, including the recurrence of seizures. Stevie is trained to alert human responders, whether that be by jumping on a sensor mat that activates an alarm or through barking to gain attention.

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Anthony’s mother, Monica Alboniga, says, “[Stevie] has saved Anthony’s life. I feel completely safe every time he is with the dog, because I know the dog will look for help.”

School administrators in Broward County, Florida insist that a dog does not belong in the school and have been fighting to keep Stevie out.
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Knowing how important the pit bull is to Anthony’s well-being, Monica took the case to court.

In the end, U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom ruled in favor of Anthony and Monica, with the Department of Justice noting that “public entities generally must permit individuals with disabilities to be accompanied by their service animals.”

Happy Day! Below is a picture of Monica, Anthony, and Stevie with their lawyer, Matthew Dietz. Way to go!
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What a great story about protecting this little boy and still permitting him to go to school with everyone else. This dog is clearly well-trained to care for Anthony and shouldn’t be a threat to anyone else. In my opinion, the judge made the right decision

WOMAN WITH AMPUTATED LEG GETS NASTY NOTE FROM NEIGHBOR ON CAR

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A woman with a prosthetic leg received a mean letter from a neighbor about her handicapped parking spot in Ohio. (WABC)

Ashley Brady, 26, lost her leg in an accident in 2014. After learning how to walk again with a prosthetic, climbing three flights of stairs to her apartment is the easy part of her day.

“I struggled a lot across the snow and ice in the parking lot trying to learn how to balance and walk,” Brady said. “I fell multiple times all of which my neighbors have seen.”

After moving in, she asked the management at her Miamisburg, Ohio, apartment complex to create a designated handicapped parking space outside her building so she could avoid any more icy falls.

“I finally get my handicapped parking spot last Thursday (March 12, 2015) and then I come home on Saturday and they’re parking in my parking spot,” she said.

A frustrated Brady decided to leave a note when she didn’t see a placard on the car parked in the handicap spot.

“I was stern and confident in what I was saying and just letting her know she doesn’t know what it’s like to walk around without your own leg,” Brady said, “She in return had placed this really rude note under my windshield wiper.”

The letter reads:
“Hey handicap! First, never place your hands on my car again! Second, honey you ain’t the only one with ‘struggles.’ You want pity go to a one leg support group! You messed with the wrong one! I don’t care what your note said shove it, but you touch my car again I will file a report, I am not playing! I let the office know the cry baby one leg touches my property I will cause trouble so go cry your struggles to someone who cares cause I’m walking away with both mine! – (expletive)”

“I read it probably like five times over and over,” Brady said, “Because my brain just couldn’t even process the level of mean that it was.”

“If this person really knew her they would never talk to her that way because she’s so sweet and would never talk to them that way,” said Brady’s sister Kaitlyn.

Ashley Brady’s sisters posted a picture of the note on Facebook in hopes of bringing awareness to struggles handicapped people face on a regular basis.

The photo was shared more than 1,000 times in two days.

“I got a lot of feedback online from a lot of other amputees who have been in similar situations,” said Brady, “You’re not just going to get what you want by bullying. She told me to cry to someone who cares, so I went to the internet and it turns out a lot of people care.”

Brady filed a grievance with Miamisburg police.

Management of the apartment complex have not yet decided on a course of action for the incident.

San Francisco Catholic church installs watering system to drench homeless people as they sleep

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A San Francisco Catholic church has reportedly installed a “watering system” that discourages homeless people by drenching them as they sleep.

KCBS reported that the “no trespassing” signs outside the primary church for Archdiocese of San Francisco, Saint Mary’s Cathedral, did not mention what would happen to the homeless who tried to sleep under the cover of the building’s doorway.

At random times throughout the night, “[w]ater pours from a hole in the ceiling, about 30 feet above, drenching the alcove and anyone in it,” the station noted. “The shower ran for about 75 seconds, every 30 to 60 minutes while we were there, starting before sunset, simultaneously in all four doorways. KCBS witnessed it soak homeless people, and their belongings.”

A homeless person named Robert told KCBS that people continued to risk their own health by sleeping under the shower.

“We’re going to be wet there all night, so hypothermia, cold, all that other stuff could set in. Keeping the church clean, but it could make people sick,” Robert explained.

A neighbor pointed out to KCBS that the watering system was not only an “inhuman” way to treat people, it also was a waste of water during a serious drought.

Cathedral staff confirmed that the system had been in place for about a year, and that it was intended to discourage homeless people from seeking shelter in the church’s doorway.

“We do the best we can, and supporting the dignity of each person,” Archdiocese spokesperson Chris Lyford said. “But there is only so much you can do.”

Watch the videos below from KCBS, broadcast March 18, 2015.

Tim Hortons employee orders former Paralympian to remove guide dog from restaurant

This article reposted from a story By Christina Stevens of globe news

TORONTO – Victoria Nolan and her husband Eamonn were at a Tim Horton’s in Toronto on Friday, when they say a staff member informed them Victoria’s service dog had to be left outside.

“I explained it was a service dog and he still didn’t seem to get it. I said it’s a guide dog, I’m blind and he told us we could leave it outside,” said Victoria.

The couple decided to remain in the restaurant, despite stares from other customers.

“It was sort of like our Tim Hortons sit in. We had our doughnuts and our coffee,” said Eamonn.

They said after about ten minutes the Tim Hortons employee came back and told them he was sorry and they could stay, but the damage was already done.

“Everyone around us heard the confrontation and I still feel embarrassed to be there and uncomfortable,” said Victoria.
Despite being an accomplished author and Paralympic rower, she said she dreads that kind of situation so much she sometimes she lacks the confidence to go somewhere new.

The Nolans don’t want other people encountering the same barrier so they contacted Tim Hortons’ head office, but did not receive a response.

Global News reached out to Tim Hortons for comment and in an emailed response they called the incident “unfortunate” and said the staff member was unaware it was a guide dog.

“This was an unfortunate incident in which a Team Member addressed another guest’s complaint before realizing the dog in question was a service animal,” said Michelle Robichaud, director of public affairs for Tim Hortons. “Once he was informed that it was a service dog he did personally apologize.”

According to Tim Hortons’ policies, posted online, every staff member who deals with the public gets training in accessibility issues and it specifically says service dogs are welcome

READ MORE: New rules proposed for B.C. residents who use guide or service dogs

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) points out there are three separate pieces of legislation protecting the use of service dogs.

“We are equal citizens deserving of equal access and opportunities,” said Yin Brown, accessibility manager for CNIB.

Victoria said some people don’t seem to grasp how significant guide dogs are, like her lab Alan.

“He’s my eyes, but he does so much more than that. He’s given me independence, freedom and confidence. There was a time when I was afraid to leave my house,” said Victoria.

She said she’s encountered similar problems at other businesses and worries Toronto is not ready to host the Parapan Games this summer.

Meanwhile, she said she is most comfortable sticking with tried and true restaurants she is familiar with, like their neighbourhood hang-out Jawny Bakers, where all customers are welcome, including those with service dogs

“YOU’RE A MORON IF I OWN MY BUSINESS I DON’T HAVE TO SERVE PEOPLE WEARING YAMAKAS OR TURBANS OR DISABLED PEOPLE”

Wow it’s been 25 years since the Americans with disabilities act became federal law and 50 since the civil rights act made it illegal to make Rosa ride the back of the bus, yet there still be troglodytes who believe the lunch counter is for rednecks the back of the bus is for N*****S and they better not catch you drinking from their water fountain?
Today I responded to a meme that was a picture of a business that had a sign on their door telling people to pull their damn pants up, that the street fashion of wearing your jeans so low your boxers your ass and your skid marks showed.
When I responded it was to a reply that someone posted that went basically like this” If I own the business I cans serve or not serve whoever I damn well please If I want to ban wheelchairs and turbans and yamakas and burqas it’s my damn right”
The moment I mentioned the civil rights act and the ADA I was an idiot, an moron , I was stupid and they’re just the ones I can repeat.
Listen hard folks, this isn’t Selma, this isn’t Birmingham Alabama IF YOU WANT TO OWN AND RUN A BUSINESS IN THE 21ST CENTURY BIGOTRY, DISCRIMINATION AND IGNORING CIVIL RIGHTS FEDERAL LAWS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.
I can be an Indian Jew wearing a yamakas in my wheelchair with a service dog and the only words you can legally ask is “IS THAT A SERVICE DOG and WHAT SERVICE DOE SIT PROVIDE
If you want to be a racist sexist disabled hating bigot ISIS is recruiting but you’re definitely not welcome in this country, or for that matter any other civilized nation either.

Zeus the service dog is everything and more he proved himself in spades

This week we travelled from New York to Dallas, Dallas to Albuquerque in one day. We left New York 4.45 am and didn’t arrive on the land until almost 5pm New York time.
If we thought it was tough for us travelling as a disabled woman with my spouse changing planes and a 127 mile drive. Imagine what it was like for a 3 yr. old Belgian malinois?

Zeus performed to the highest standard that could ever be expected from a service animal, when our cab arrived at 4:45 am he towed my chair to the curb he went to the drop, then on command jumped up into the cab and sat on the floor while I loaded in.
He sat in the cab till the airport, he then got out and immediately sat while I got into the chair then he towed me into the airport and with a simple command of left or right he pulled me to the American airlines desk.
After he pulled right up to the American counter he again dropped. We were then directed to the TSA where he stood and allowed his harness to be searched by TSA without a whimper.

He then walked over to Ella and waited while my chair and I were searched then I hooked him back up to my waist leash and we travelled to departure gate.

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He walked onto the plane and sat on the floor in front of the seat, and stayed there for three hours until we arrived in Dallas.
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He waited while two hundred plus people crowded past me then with Ella he calmly walked of the plane and waited till they wheeled me off the plane to my personal chair and he then proceeded to pull me through Dallas airport going around people ,getting in and out of elevators and on and off trams to the next plane and perfectly went through the plane boarding process and sitting calmly on a plane again until we arrived in Albuquerque.

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He then jumped into the front seat of the waiting pickup and we went to a shopping center he pulled me around to shop, then he jumped back into the truck for a two and a half hour drive without a whimper.

The entire time we were in the candy kitchen on our land meeting all the people he did his job.
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I had seizures he alerted I had PTSD he shook me out of it he was in his vest without removing it for 5 days.
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My life that I have happened because I met Ella and she loves me, my life as a wheelchair using woman with PTSD and Epilepsy happens and is safe every day because of Zeus he gives Ella piece of mind when were not together that I am safe he has saved my life from three knife wielding attackers, he has stopped muggings and attacks from mentally ill people and he most importantly saves me from myself every day.
Zeus to me is not a dog he is a brother, he is family, and he allows me to be me without judging.

This week he proved his place in my world in spades, I know one day he won’t be here but I also know that every day until then will be great because he is here.

The special people you meet on a long flight

Yesterday morning we boarded a plane in Albuquerque new Mexico on our way home to New York but we had to change planes in Dallas, when we boarded they pushed my aisle chair down to row 7 we were on the two side of the aisle on the three side of the aisle was a native American mother and her tween daughter. People were staring at the girl because like me she was spasming with uncontrollable limb movements.
I spoke to the girl to let her know she had a friend and we were told by the mother they were on their way to st Jude’s hospital because the girl had an inoperable brain tumor affecting the part of her brain controlling limb movement and muscle control.
We helped each other handle the 90 minute flight and when it ended we transferred to New York they to Memphis, we don’t know if the girl’s prognosis was terminal but whatever it is I hope she knows joy and peace.
She is a beautiful soul and to her mother I hope she knows peace, because I know she will fight for her daughter with every breath in her body till the end. I wish them both every peace and a joyous life, because where ever they are their laughter and their smiles and the way they laughed with each other despite where they were going was beautiful and made my spasming and shaking and painful ride simply bearable and for that I will ever thank them.

Planet fitness cancels transphobic woman’s membership for her harassment of a trans member, wonderful right? Then come the haters.

Earlier this week the following story appeared on my facebook feed care of a CNN post and I celebrated, I have been threatened just this last weekend with “being fucked up” for being in the ladies room so I celebrated …for a minute

Planet Fitness revokes woman’s membership after transgender complaint
By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN

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(CNN)A Michigan woman lost her Planet Fitness membership over the “inappropriate” manner in which she complained about a transgender woman in the locker room, a gym spokeswoman said.
Yvette Cormier’s membership was not canceled for simply raising the issue, “as we welcome all feedback from our members,” said McCall Gosselin, director of public relations at Planet Fitness Corporate.
Rather, it was the manner in which she expressed her concerns that club management felt was inappropriate, resulting in the cancellation, Gosselin said.
Cormier stands by her actions in a case that has drawn attention to transgender rights.
“This is all new to me. I didn’t go out to specifically bash a transgender person that day. I was taken aback by the situation,” Cormier told CNN. “This is about me and how I felt unsafe. I should feel safe in there.”
The mother of two says she was acting out of concern for her safety and the privacy of other female gym members when she raised the issue on Saturday, February 28.
She went to the front desk after someone who looked like a “man” entered the women’s locker room while she was changing.
“I wanted to know why there was a man in the women’s locker room,” she told CNN. “He looked like a man, and that’s what stopped me in my tracks.”
She said the front desk employee told her about Planet Fitness’ “no-judgment” policy, which allows people to use changing room based on “their sincere, self-reported gender identity.”
Unsatisfied, she said she called Planet Fitness’ corporate headquarters and heard the same thing.
“That should be something they pointed out when I signed up,” she said.
“If you have male parts you don’t need to be in the women’s locker room. I don’t care what you are; I don’t care if you’re gay lesbian, transgender or transvestite. I am uncomfortable with you as a male in my locker room, in my restroom.”
She returned to the gym Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday “to get the word out” to other women that they “let men in the women’s locker room,” she said.
“Every day I said ‘just so you know, there’s a man they allow in this locker room and they don’t tell you that when you sign up,’ ” she said.
The next day, she found out that her membership had been canceled.

Cormier said Planet Fitness needs to do a better job of informing members of its policy allowing members to use whichever locker room corresponds with their gender identity, which refers to a person’s psychological identification as a man, woman or another gender.
“The manner in which this member expressed her concerns about the policy exhibited behavior that management at the Midland club deemed inappropriate and disruptive to other members, which is a violation of the membership agreement and as a result her membership was canceled,” Gosselin said in a statement on behalf of Planet Fitness.
“Planet Fitness is committed to creating a nonintimidating, welcoming environment for our members. Our gender identity nondiscrimination policy states that members and guests may use all gym facilities based on their sincere self-reported gender identity.”
LGBT advocates applauded the Planet Fitness policy, saying it was necessary to ensuring the safety and privacy of transgender individuals.
Planet Fitness has the right to allow members to use whichever locker room corresponds with their gender identity, Alison Gill, senior legislative council for the Human Rights Campaign, told MLive.
Even though gender identity is not a protected class under Michigan anti-discrimination laws, transgender individuals still have the right to use whichever bathroom they feel comfortable using, attorney Jay Kaplan with the ACLU of Michigan’s LGBT Project told MLive.
“A transgender woman would be much more at risk for her safety if she had to use the men’s bathroom,” he said.
Cormier does not see it that way. But she agrees with LGBT advocates on one potential solution: unisex, single-stall bathrooms.

Mia’s thoughts-
So it all sounds wonderful then the haters below came out? Obviously they have no idea what transgender means one below says “if a guy who looked like a dude and dressed like a dude was in the change room I’d raise a noise” we’ll my little doublewide dwelling couch living troglodyte if they dressed like a dude and acted like a dude then they’re not gender dysphoric sorry I forgot I’m communicating with the red neck of the species THEY’RE NOT TRANS.
You see the day I was allowed to start shots I gave every piece of male clothing to charity, yes my voice gives me away courtesy of a steroid raging gay hating bouncer in 96 who hung me over a balcony by my trachea, but in the ladies room at the gym I have a sports bra on, sports briefs under womens leggings and my ass length hair is woven into a braid with my nails done and make up on. When I leave I change into my normal bra and underwear and my skirt and top so you see “noones dressed like a dude and acting like a dude”.
Another fool said “THE SWINGING DICK IN THE SHOWER WOULD GIVE THEM AWAY” well fool if were pre op we rarely shower in public team style showers, we change leaving the under wear on and leave.
As for planet fitness discriminating against straight women? Really what cave have you been in for the last century? they’re not discriminating they’re evening the playing field.
As for looking like a dude check out the pic below this woman who passed five years ago was my sister and trans ,yes born a man yet she was beautiful.

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I can guarantee every wanker below has sat on a bus beside a trans woman and never knew and they have peed next t us in the next stall and never knew.
Another thing fools, a large portion of us are post op that means that we have the same genitals as you so if we were naked in the shower unfortunately the only thing swinging would be our drooping boobs and asses like every other woman in America. Get over yourselves haters were not becoming women physically to wank off at your cellultite covered asses we became women to just be happy with our own cellulite coverd asses just like you

Dave Trotter So, in the end, Planet Fitness actually did judge someone, resulting in taking away their membership. What hypocrites.
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Donna Dent This is just crazy, if someone who looked like a man and dressed like a man walked in on me I would be raising all sorts of heck.


Rob Mangen Transgender woman lol you mean a dude in the women’s locker room
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Laurie Mckenna Hell no. Has nothing to do w rezpect for fellow man, women or trans. Women should not have to have a ‘man’ parading around in the ladis locker rm.
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