Topshop Introduces Gender-Neutral Changing Rooms After Attention Grab From “Performance Artist”

A man claiming to be ‘trans-feminine’ took to Twitter to complain about the fashion retailer Topshop after being denied access to the ladies changing room. 

Topshop updated their changing room policy after Performance Travis Alabanza’s tweets made headlines. An employee at Topshop told Alabanza to go to the dressing rooms in Topman as the ones in Topshop are only for ladies. Alabanza, who identifies as a trans-feminine, didn’t take it well.

Trans-feminine is a term employed by some people who are born male but identify with femininity to a greater extent than with masculinity. They often demand to be referred to by gender-neutral pronouns such as “they” and “them.”

“She wasn’t rude, but she wasn’t sympathetic either,” Travis told Buzzfeed. “I said, ‘I’m not going to be safe down there. What do you want me to do?’ and they just kind of shrugged.”

“I did think I could buy the dresses and take them home to try on, but I felt like, why am I doing this? My day instantly became politicized when all I wanted was a chill day shopping,” Travis said. “It’s just been a whole stretched-out thing when all I wanted was to go into Topshop and go out.”

Travis added: “I normally online shop for this reason.”

Topshop later contacted Travis and reiterated their policy that all changing rooms were available for everyone.

“It goes beyond responding that they have all-gender changing rooms,” Travis said. “They clearly need to 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.”

“Naturally I was already getting looks and stares as I always do, and that is the kind of thing you’re used to when you’re trans, but I think when I was stopped at the changing room, I noticed the stares even more” Travis added.

“I was quite upset – it ruined my day.”

Some customers are not happy about the change.

One Mumsnet user wrote: “Fine to have same sex facilities if they are single, hard walled, proper door cubicles that provide ceiling to floor covering but they aren’t and I’m sure they won’t be funding new ones.”

Sources

The Telegraph

Buzzfeed

29 Comments

29 Comments

  1. myddrinemrys

    November 11, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    I did think I could buy the dresses and take them home to try on, but I felt like, why am I doing this? My day instantly became politicized when all I wanted was a chill day shopping,”
    ——————
    Your day became ploticized when you decided that the rules don’t apply to you because you are a super special snowflake.

    • DIANNA

      November 12, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      you are an idiot. the CHANGING ROOMS IN MANY STORES IN BRITAIN ARE JUST A BIG ROOM AND YOU CHANGE INFRONT OF EVERYONE. I SURE BLACK WOMEN AND HISPANIC WOMEN DO NOT WANT TO CHANGE INFRONT OF ANY MALES.. BEING THEM TRANS AND STILL HAVE THEIR PENISES.

      • LissaKay

        November 12, 2017 at 1:23 pm

        WTF does race have to do with it?

      • SteppyJ412

        November 12, 2017 at 1:33 pm

        Why are you ranting about race?

      • Paul

        November 12, 2017 at 3:37 pm

        You’re either a troll or just ignorant. The only place I’ve seen one big changing room in the UK is in some swimming pools and gyms.

  2. LibertarianX

    November 12, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Wanting to wear dresses doesn’t make you not a male. The things that make a person happy has nothing to do with your gender, and neither does what you want to call yourself. You are what you are, how you live is something different.

    • DaisyToo

      November 12, 2017 at 9:57 am

      Wait until the Left decides the next victim group they want to celebrate are adults who believe they’re babies and young children. Sickos demanding their ‘right’ to enter child care wearing their diapers and nursery school where they can share bathrooms and take naps w/the ‘other’ children.

      • foxtrot uniform

        November 12, 2017 at 12:04 pm

        as a child has already happened. there was a married man from Toronto with seven kids who now identifies as a 6 year old girl named: Stefonknee Wolscht. its sick.

        • DaisyToo

          November 12, 2017 at 12:41 pm

          Yes, and the perverts who dress in diapers (and want them changed, breastfed , etc) have been among us as well. The morally illogical Left will champion them too as their numbers grow. Which they will given the basic infantilizing of vast numbers of snowflakes.

          Can you imagine being one of the children of the f up from Toronto?!

          • Chesapeake

            November 12, 2017 at 5:00 pm

            How about the people that marry building and fall in love with their car? Strange Addiction really opened my eyes to some odd behavior.

          • foxtrot uniform

            November 15, 2017 at 6:51 pm

            nope. but if I was one of them.. I would be telling any of my friends that my father is dead. which isnt that far from the truth.

  3. chrisnj

    November 12, 2017 at 9:07 am

    This guy is a bully who wants the world to revolve around him and his mental dysfunction, plus he’s trolling for a litigation payday. Shame.on the retailer for folding like a cheap suit.

  4. DaisyToo

    November 12, 2017 at 9:49 am

    This freak so hates actual women and young children (who routinely accompany their mothers into the changing room) that he was determined to open up the dressing room to male pedophiles, rapists, etc. I can see why the store’s decision to cave made his lousy life ‘happy’ for the moment.

  5. Robert A'Beuy

    November 12, 2017 at 9:57 am

    There’s only one phrase you need to use if you see someone doing this. “Makes you look fat”.

  6. shhhhh

    November 12, 2017 at 10:21 am

    England is a fag country

  7. True.Epic.Crusader

    November 12, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Trans-feminine? I think not- the correct word is “[email protected]”.

    • SteppyJ412

      November 12, 2017 at 11:35 am

      Cross dresser, like Klinger.

      • True.Epic.Crusader

        November 12, 2017 at 12:24 pm

        Or like Bruce Jenner, the epitome of cross-dressing [email protected]

  8. SteppyJ412

    November 12, 2017 at 11:35 am

    If he’s afraid to try in a dress in a store because men are around, how the heck is going to wear it in public?? I’d guess there are men out there as well.

    • DIANNA

      November 12, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      STOP BEING STUPID… WOULD YOU LIKE TO CHANGE INFRONT OF YOUR FATHER (IF YOU ARE A GIRL) OR INRONT OF YOUR MOTHER IF YOU ARE A BOY? CHANGING ROOMS IN MANY STORES IN BRITAIN ARE JUST A BIG ROOM AND YOU CHANGE INFRONT OF EVERYONE. I SURE BLACK WOMEN AND HISPANIC WOMEN DO NOT WANT TO CHANGE INFRONT OF ANY MALES.. BEING THEM TRANS AND STILL HAVE THEIR PENISES.

      • SteppyJ412

        November 12, 2017 at 1:22 pm

        What in the world are you talking about?

        • LissaKay

          November 12, 2017 at 1:26 pm

          An idiot who can’t read, trying to make this about race.

      • Karen S.

        November 12, 2017 at 6:51 pm

        “WOULD YOU LIKE TO CHANGE INFRONT OF YOUR FATHER (IF YOU ARE A GIRL) OR INRONT OF YOUR MOTHER IF YOU ARE A BOY?”

        You make an excellent point. Women and girls don’t want to change in front of a boy or man (biological males), either. And I’m sure most men and boys don’t want their wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, granddaughters, grandmothers, girlfriends, etc. changing in front of biological males, either.

  9. bookish1

    November 12, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Oh, FFS!
    I hate it when the companies cave so quickly.
    How many trans customers do they have, anyway?

  10. Jean Collier

    November 12, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Nauseating that he is in the children’s book section

  11. DIANNA

    November 12, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    CHANGING ROOMS IN MANY STORES IN BRITAIN ARE JUST A BIG ROOM AND YOU CHANGE INFRONT OF EVERYONE. I SURE BLACK WOMEN AND HISPANIC WOMEN DO NOT WANT TO CHANGE INFRONT OF ANY MALES.. BEING THEM TRANS AND STILL HAVE THEIR PENISES. I HAVE USED THEM WHEN I LIVED IN LONDON AND ABERDEEN SCOTLAND.

    • SteppyJ412

      November 12, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      What’s your obsession with race?

  12. Noishkel

    November 12, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    That entire outfight looks like shit by itself. Not to mention that guy is just hideous in general.

  13. LiberalsAreDhimmis

    November 12, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    These perverts should be gassed.

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