January 17th, 2013
From Windy City News:
Levi Pine, a Chicago transgender man, has filed an Illinois Dept. of Human Rights (IDHR) complaint against King Spa & Sauna in Niles, after a manager told him he would have to use a private shower or leave.
“The experience I had was particularly degrading,” said Pine.
Pine has been on masculinizing hormones for a year. When he went to the spa on Dec. 9 with a friend, he used the men’s shower facilities. Pine said the manager approached him while he was naked and asked to speak with him.
Both the manager and Pine tell the same story about what happened next.
The manager, who identified himself as John but declined to provide a last name to Windy City Times, questioned Pine about his gender. Pine told John that he was transgender, and John said he could provide Pine with a private shower.
Pine said he did not want a private shower and that he could use the same facilities used by other customers. But, John said, other customers had complained.
I support the rights of transpeople to self identify as to gender. I support the rights of transpeople to live in accordance with their gender identity.
And I understand that a transman is a man. Not a woman masquerading as a man. Not a kinda almost man. But a man.
However, if you happen to be a man with a vagina, you really do have to take that into consideration.
It’s no one’s business whether you have a penis, a vagina, both or neither. But when you get naked in front of their children, you make it their business. And the King Spa (a Korean Jjim-Jil-Bang spa) allows children.
As Kelli Busey eloquently blogged at planetransgender:
It’s not optional, it’s not a case of discrimination regardless of consequences, its our duty as citizens if a person has not had bottom surgery, full nudity must be considered a condition reserved for consenting adults. If children are present or the possibility exists a child could enter the room under those conditions, it’s not just wrong, it’s immoral.
NOTE: the original title “transman sues spa” has been revised for accuracy
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