Well thanks for your thoughts. I can point out several things to clear the matter up for you:
- The trans aspect of this situation was there from the start. It was because of articles about alleged transphobia that I knew about Primark’s policies on this matter. These policies were designed to prevent discrimination — particularly, but not exclusively, against trans women. In visiting the store, I was testing whether the staff were prepared to abide by Primark’s very clearly stated anti-discrimination policies. They were not.
- I did not ‘make a scene’ at all. I very politely and reasonably took issue with the staff for failing to abide by their own employer’s policies. It was the staff who created a scene by being indiscreet, rude and totally unreasonable. And there would have been no scene at all if they had simply done their jobs and followed the anti-discrimination rules of their own employer.
- At no point did I attempt to ‘barge’ my way anywhere.
- My daughter thinks it’s wonderful to have a dad who is prepared to make a stand on principle and take issue with people when they display such appalling prejudices.
- I do not accept that sharing the same sex or gender as other men makes me responsibility for their behaviour. I have not personally treated women badly, so I do not deserve to be treated with suspicion as if I have. To treat me with suspicion simply because I am male is straightforward sexism. And sexism is no better than racism or transphobia.