POLICE have launched a hate crime investigation after a transgender woman was barred from female toilets at a Scots shopping centre.
River Song, 18, who is waiting for sex swap surgery to complete the change from man to woman, was told by a security guard: ìYou are a male and always will be.î
River, from Edinburgh, made an immediate complaint to Police Scotland who confirmed yesterday (Thu) they had started a hate crime enquiry.
The incident happened at the St James Centre in central Edinburgh on Monday this week when River used the female toilets.
River, who is engaged to a transgender man also awaiting sex swap surgery, said she had never been treated so badly or felt so humiliated.
Equal opportunities groups said the case amounted to unlawful harassment and warned that shopping centre staff could face criminal charges.
River said she and her fiance, Jake Wood, 18, were shopping at the St James Centre on Monday afternoon when she used the female toilets - as she has done without problems for the past two years.
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