Topshop and Topman become one of the first high street stores in Ireland to introduce gender neutral changing rooms
Topshop and Topman are one of the first high street stores in Ireland to officially announce that their changing rooms are gender neutral following a recent complaint from a customer.
This official announcement comes after a trans customer claimed they were refused access to the female changing rooms in a Manchester Topshop branch.
Performance artist Travis Alabanza, who identifies as trans feminine, had queued up to try on a dress in one of Topshop's changing rooms. They claim they were asked to use the male changing rooms in the Topman area of the store instead, which caters to male customers.
It is understood the policy changed in the summer but staff were not clearly informed.
However, it officially revealed the news following Travis' complaints.
When Travis tweeted: "Hey @topshop just experienced transphobia in your Manchester store. Not letting me use the changing room....sort it out", the store claimed the policy was already in place.
A spokesperson for Topshop told Independent.ie in a statement: "All Topshop and Topman customers are free to use any of the fitting rooms located within our stores."
This policy also applies to all 14 Topshop and Topman stores in Ireland.
However, the move sparked debate online.
“You are changing the world and opening up bits of space for others to exist in, your legacy will be massive. Solidarity,” one supporter tweeted Travis.
“This makes me so angry! I’m so sorry you had to go through this,” another added.
However, another said Topshop's changing rooms should only be available to women and children.
"How to loose the largest amount of customers in a day, cater for the minority and not the majority of your customers. I wont by buying anymore #Privacy in #Changing rooms for women and children," she wrote.
@Topshop How to loose the largest amount of customers in a day, cater for the minority and not the majority of your customers. I wont by buying anymore #Privacy in #Changing rooms for women and children.— Julesbirdie (@Julesbirdie) November 9, 2017