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Macy's Trying to Combat Negative Image

When it Comes to the Transgendered Community

A Macy’s store in San Antonio has fired an employee who refused to let a transgender woman use a women’s fitting room – and a conservative legal group is combating this decision saying that the woman’s religious freedom was violated.

A few days after Thanksgiving, Natalie Johnson, the worker denied the transgender customer access to the dressing room at the Macy’s located in the Rivercenter Mall. Shortly after, an argument ensued, which involved other customers as well as Johnson’s manager. The manager told her that transgender shoppers could use the room of their choice.

An altercation took place between the woman fellow shoppers, and between her and her manager when she requested that she comply with store policies that allow those who are transgender to use either room.

A year ago, a transgender employee who said that she was allegedly mistreated sued Macy’s. The department store boasts that it is an LGBT-friendly environment and has strict non-discrimination policies in place.

There has been talk by Liberty Counsel (an organization that supports and represents people who they believe have been wrongfully terminated from their positions due to their religious convictions) that Johnson was refusing to go against her religious beliefs by allowing the customer to use the women’s fitting room as they described the customer as a “cross-dressing young man.”

Liberty Counsel’s chairman Mathew Staver says in a statement on their site “Macy’s has essentially opened women’s dressing rooms to every man.” He later states, “The LGBT agenda has become the theater of the absurd.”

The Chronicle points out, “Liberty Counsel’s position on transgender rights diverges from most Americans and even most Christians’ opinions.” The article goes on to cite poles that indicate that most Americans, including Catholics and evangelical Protestants, support equal rights for those who are transgendered.