Transgender Man Claims He Was Booted From Men’s Locker Room At Staten Island Pool

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CBS New York: A transgender man is suing the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, claiming he was kicked out of a men’s locker room at a public pool on Staten Island.

Bryan John Ellicott, who works for the city’s Office of Emergency Management, filed the lawsuit Monday in Manhattan Supreme Court.

The 24-year-old claims that on July 21, 2013 three parks department workers violated his civil rights and discriminated against him based on his gender when he visited the Joseph H. Lyons Pool.

Ellicott claims the workers kicked him out of the men’s locker room. “They made an assumption and I didn’t give them any documentation they didn’t ask for,” Ellicott said. “They gave me the option of going to the women’s locker room or leaving and I just left. I picked up my stuff and left.”

Ellicott, who has been living openly as a male since 2012, is currently transitioning from female to male, but has yet to undergo gender reassignment surgery.

“Like hundreds of other New Yorkers that day, I was just trying get some relief from the sweltering heat and enjoy an afternoon at the pool,” Bryan said. “Instead, I was singled out by pool staff because I am transgender. They harassed and humiliated me. No one deserves to be treated that way, but it’s an all-too-common experience for transgender people like me when we use restrooms and locker rooms.”

Ellicott chose his male name in honor of his father, a 9/11 first responder.

The lawsuit notes that Ellicott’s doctor recognizes him as male, and his sex is also listed as male on his New York State driver’s license.

“A lot of my friends have taken a long time to get to understand how this goes and how I’ve become the way I am now and that I just want to be treated like everyone else and hang out with them without worrying about being discriminated,” Ellicott said.

Michael Silverman, of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, told 1010 WINS they are asking the New York courts to rule for the first time ever that transgender people are protected by the Human Rights Law when using restrooms or locker rooms that match their sex.

“Incidents like this one severely restrict the ability of transgender people to fully participate in society,” Silverman stated. “Being able to use a restroom without harassment and discrimination is essential to being able to do things like work or use public places. This lawsuit sends a strong message: everyone should have equal access to public facilities. Transgender people cannot be treated as less than full citizens and be denied the use of restrooms and locker rooms just because of who they are.”

Ellicott claims he has not used public pools since the incident and also tries to avoid using public restrooms.

A spokesperson for the city’s Law Department said, “We will review the lawsuit when we are served.”

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japoa
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japoa

” Just because of who they are ” !……What are they by the way ?…………………..CONFUSED ?

judy
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judy

Living a lie! How horrible would it be to discover your whole life was a lie?!

Lola
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Lola

So let me get this straight (no pun intended), because his driver’s license says he’s male, and his doctor recognized he is male, then he is male. That is some superb liberal logic there. And I love mentioning that he is choosing his name after his father, a 9/11 responder. That adds to the victim profile–we should feel extra sorry for him and give *shim* a huge settlement because ordinary folks could not identify what he believes his gender to be. The reason why the transgender suicide rate is 400 percent over that of the regular population is because they… Read more »

PatriotGalNC
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PatriotGalNC

Out on a limb here… but now that we are being forced to think about “transgender” people’s “needs”, along with all the other confused people…In the interim of these people’s transitioning from one sex to another, that they should use the public restroom that matches their “current anatomy”, until such time that they receive the “equipment” that matches the flavor gender that they are aspiring to. In other words, this “woman-man” should continue to use the ladies room, until male equipment is installed. And, in the interest of respect for other people’s sensibilities (I told y’all I am out on… Read more »

Seumas
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Seumas

There is no such thing as “gender transition” in the human world, she is a she and will always be a she, no matter how much she complains and cries and throws fits, science is not God and cannot change a person’s gender, Sadly, such is the hate she has for herself that she is willing to throw away the entire life God gave her to pursue vainity and sexual perversion, she is willing to let fools and idiots tear her body apart and make it into some mutilated mockery that could never hope to be a male. Someone needs… Read more »

christy
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christy

So I see into the very near future where every public venue will have to have 3 types of restroom/locker rooms. Male female and the undecided.
Progress??

PMB
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PMB

Totally agree with using the restroom that matches “current anatomy”. If it “looks like a duck”, what are people to think?

Dave
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Dave

Just add a third bathroom and put a sign on the door that says “Its.”

-Dave

sam
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sam

Many years ago, Tony Randall said to Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show: “Marilyn Monroe was a female impersonator.” I believe he was commenting on how the world tends to confuse the trappings of gender with the real thing. The above transgender story made me think about that, and about how self-mutilation — tattooing, piercing, plastic surgery, gender “reassignment” are all becoming common, verging on mainstream…even force-fed. I thought — with genuine compassion for those suffering identity issues — that it might be better to be confused in a whole, healthy body, than even more confused with a permanently altered,… Read more »

pnordman
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Whine, whine, whine! I’m getting so tired of these whiners who make their silly choices and then blast the world because they don’t get their “due”. Get a real life, whiner!

Kevin Lankford
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she/he or what ever chose it’s name in honor of it’s father? That is definitely an indication of confusion; to assume the father would be honored.