DailyMail- A transgender man says a lifeguard publicly humiliated him at an Ohio swimming pool for not wearing 'proper' female attire. Tierra Thomas, 26, was at Tuscora Park in New Philadelphia wearing his usual outfit - a swimming sports bra and swimming shorts.
Thomas, who has been transitioning from female to male for the past six months according to ABC 5, had gone to this swimming pool since his childhood.
But that time, a lifeguard stopped him just before he got into the water and told him he couldn't use the pool due to his outfit.
'She could have pulled me to the side and explained it to me. She didn't have to single me out in front of everybody. It's humiliating,' Thomas told ABC 5.
But New Philadelphia's law director Marvin Fete said the lifeguard was not discriminating against Thomas and instead was enforcing a rule that says clothes aren't allowed in the pool.
'I don't think the fact that this person was transgender played any role in this at all. I think it was purely: "You can't go swimming with a sports bra on." That's the policy,' Fete told the network.
I don't think I will ever understand the kind of person that goes out of their way to make their job more of a pain in the ass, and I definitely can't comprehend doing so when that job pays them minimum wage to make sure people don't drown. As far I am concerned, as long as no one dies on your watch then you've done a hell of a job lifeguarding. Applying to sit in a chair tanning for 9/10th's of your work day is for the type of person that enjoys a stress free life, and initiating a debate with a member of the LGBT community goes in complete opposition of that. I don't know if this chick heard, but the gender rulebook went the way of 'Fahrenheit 451' at least a year ago. Anything goes now sweetheart, and that means you couldn't find a less winnable argument than going back and forth with a transitioning person over the acceptability of a sports bra. Think about it this way, for as many as awkward stares as a person in an overly supportive athletic top and swim trunks gets, it's nothing compared to the commotion caused by someone in a bathing suit top and a banana hammock. So maybe it's time to count your blessings that all you've got to deal with is one androgynously dressed man and stop trying to play fashion police, because as long as no dicks, balls, or boobs are showing then the dress code at the community pool is being upheld.