A recent North Carolina law that requires transgender people to use public bathrooms and schools that match the sex on their birth certificate rather than the gender with which they identify.
Security officers are at the vanguard of this debate, as they are often employed at locations where public bathrooms are located.
In Washington, D.C., a security officer was arrested for allegedly assaulting a transgender person using a bathroom at a grocery store:
D.C. police have charged a security guard at a Giant grocery store with simple assault after a transgender woman said the guard forced her out of the women's restroom.
Ebony Belcher, 32, said she went to the Giant in northeast D.C. with a friend to pick up a delivery from the Western Union.
Belcher said the guard told her, "You guys cannot keep coming in here and using our women's restroom. They did not pass the law yet."
On the other side of the debate, there are those who believe that laws -- or lack thereof -- might also allow alleged criminal-minded individuals to masquerade as transgendered people in order to gain access to bathrooms for their own perverted aims.
Also recently in D.C., a man dressed as a woman was arrested in Virginia after police say he was caught peeping into restroom stalls three times in the past year.
Richard Rodriguez, 30, filmed a woman in a bathroom stall at the Potomac Mills Mall, Prince William County Police said on Tuesday. A 35-year-old woman was in the stall when she saw a bag moved toward her under the stall divider. Rodriguez apparently had been filming her, police said.
The victim rushed out of the stall to confront the man and saw him hurry to another stall, next to another woman. The victim alerted the woman and then contacted mall security of the shopping center on 2700 block of Potomac Mills Circle in Woodbridge, Virginia.
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