Macy’s Has A New Fan

At a certain point, all department stores (and heck, sometimes even all stores) start to blur together. Sure, if there’s a sale I can usually squint hard enough to tell them apart. However, I recently read some news that made me a Macy’s fan.

Macy’s apparently has a policy in every single one of its stores that trans individuals can use the fitting room of the gender they choose (helpful for many, depending at the point you are at in the process). This policy came to my attention because of a recent instance in which things didn’t go as they should over at Macy’s. Apparently when a woman wanted to try on some clothes, a (now former) Macy’s employee refused to let her use the women’s fitting rooms. In an article I found online, former employee Natalie Johnson said, “I had to just straight forward tell him, ‘You’re a man’ and of course that really got him steamed.”

Let me get this straight: not only has Ms Johnson referred to this woman by a male pronoun and called her a man, but she also “had” to tell her that and then notes that it irritated the woman. Apparently Ms Johnson’s manager became aware of the fact that she didn’t feel like following store policy, and when questioned, Johnson says that this is because of her religious beliefs. The article ends with a note from Macy’s stating, “At Macy’s, we recognize and appreciate the diversity of our customers and associates.” My heart goes out to the woman who was so careless insulted and poorly treated. However, I do know where I’ll be buying my Levi’s at from now on.

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About Holly Moyseenko

Holly Moyseenko is a sex educator living in Ohio. She is an advocate of positive and healthy sexuality. Holly currently works for a non-profit health organization as a health educator, and also teaches workshops that focus on many topics within the realm of healthy sexuality. In her spare time, she also is an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, gardens, reads anything within reach, drinks copious amounts of tea, and naps with her two dogs.