NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A woman claims she was kicked out of Citi Field during Beyonce’s concert on Tuesday because she used the men’s restroom.
Siobhan told Mic.com the incident began when security guards forced her from the men’s restroom and told her to leave the stadium.
“[The security guards] said that I had to be ejected because I wasn’t allowed to go in the men’s [restroom] and I did,” Siobhan said. “[They] didn’t mention a policy or rules or anything – just kept repeating, ‘Get your stuff and let’s go.’”
Siobhan’s partner Allison intervened when the guards grabbed Siobhan’s ticket.
“When I continued to ask these questions, and said that many women, including myself, had been using the men’s restroom throughout the night, the security officers told me I was now also being thrown out and police would be called,” Allison explained to Mic.
The couple, who both identify by their birth gender, believe the security guards speculated about Siobhan’s gender identity.
Alison said an officer handcuffed her and took her into custody when she asked it Citi Field had a policy prohibiting women using men’s bathrooms.
“I told him that I wanted to know exactly why I was being asked to leave, at which point he told me to turn around and handcuffed me,” Allison told Mic. “I was then separated from my friends and taken to a holding area, where eventually a supervisor came and told me that they had decided not to arrest me.”
Allison said she was released from custody after 20 minutes and then taken to the gate and told she could not return to the Beyonce concert. Allison, Siobhan and their friends left the stadium about a half-hour after Beyonce took the stage.
“I don’t remember the last time I was so angry,” Allison told Mic. “They literally wouldn’t give me any information. … I can’t believe I missed Beyonce because some old white dude was policing where I pee.”
A Citi Field spokesman declined comment to Mic about the alleged incident.
The use of public bathrooms by transgender people became a national topic of conversation after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law the “bathroom bill” which bars people from using a public bathroom that doesn’t correspond to their birth gender. In March, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order on Monday that guarantees people access to single-sex facilities consistent with their gender identity at city facilities, including offices, pools and recreation centers, without the need to show identification or any other proof of gender.
Last month, the White House directed public schools nationwide that they must allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity, which led to several states filing lawsuits.
A recent CBS News/New York Times poll found that 46 percent of Americans believe transgender people should use bathrooms assigned to their birth gender, while 41 percent said they should be able to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with.
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