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Source: The New York Times
Subject: Immigration
Type: Media Coverage

Manhattan: Transgender Worker Fights Arrests

A phone repair worker who is in transition from male to female said yesterday that she had been arrested three times by transit police officers in the last six months for using the women’s restroom at Grand Central Terminal. The worker, Helena Stone, 70, said an officer called her “a freak, a weirdo and the ugliest woman in the world” and warned her, “If I ever see you in the women’s bathroom, I’m going to arrest you.” Tom Kelly, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said that the charges against Ms. Stone would be dropped and that the matter had been resolved. Her lawyer, Michael Silverman, said the city Commission on Human Rights says restrooms must be available to transgender people “consistent with their gender identity.” (AP)