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Topshop removes women-only changing rooms

Topshop removes women-only changing rooms

The Daily Mail reports that the company officially reviewed and altered their policy in July, making all their changing rooms gender neutral.

The change was brought to light by London-based performance artist and writer Travis Alabanza who tweeted Topshop to complain after being denied access to a female changing room at its Manchester store.

Travis recalled the incident in more detail to Buzzfeed recalling: "She [staff member] wasn't rude, but she wasn't sympathetic either".

They added: 'Gendered changing rooms effect and put queer and trans shoppers at risk from harassment from other shoppers.

The retailer also tweets that the outlet had "updated [its] changing room policy recently", to which Alabanza responded: "Ok, well it didn't work?"

Another said: "Public swimming baths have gender-neutral changing rooms already, so I don't see what difference it makes".

This isn't the first time a high street store has been called out for discriminating against people who are transgender or gender non-binary.

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'I said, "I'm not going to be safe down there".

Travis pointed out on social media: "Who made you in charge of deciding who is woman enough to use your changing room?"

Travis added: "I normally online shop for this reason". "You've got curtains - keep the curtains closed, I don't see a problem".

"I was pretty pissed off", they told us.

A spokesperson for Topshop confirmed to MailOnline: 'All TOPSHOP TOPMAN customers are free to use any of the fitting rooms located within our stores'. "That's not true. 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". "It seems like they're not consistent in their response".

While unarguably a bad situation, perhaps Alabanza's experience will highlight to other companies the need to go above and beyond simply changing their official line. "It's just been a whole stretched-out thing when all I wanted was to go into Topshop and go out".