Local drag queen speaks out about mixed-gender fitting rooms

Mixed-gender fitting rooms are ‘a massive step in the right direction’, said local resident drag-queen host of Canterbury’s Glitterbomb.

Delilah Tickles, has welcomed mixed gender fitting rooms in Topshop stores, after they recently announced that they have introduced gender-neutral fitting rooms following a trans-phobia incident, which occurred within one of their Manchester stores.

 

Photo taken by ICan2bury news.

Performance artist, Travis Alabanza, was asked to use the male fitting room by one of the stores employees. Travis, who identifies as trans-feminine, wanted to try on clothes at the store but said staff told him to use the male changing room downstairs in Topman instead.

Since the incident arised, a spokesperson for Topshop has recently confirmed that Topshop and Topman’s changing rooms are in-fact gender-neutral spaces.
 “I think it’s a massive step in the right direction of showing that large companies are recognising that gender is only something you’re both with and doesn’t have to constrict you to what you wear or where you can shop.”

“All Topshop and Topman customers are free to use any of the fitting rooms located within our stores,” they told Mail Online.

Travis Tweeted his response following the incident, he said: “Hey @topshop just experienced transphobia in your Manchester store. Not letting me use the changing room….sort it out”

“I can count numerous amounts of times I’ve had a few odd looks from staff and customers.”

Canterbury’s Glitterbomb resident drag host, Delilah Tickles, has voiced her opinion on the issue.

“I think it’s a massive step in the right direction of showing that large companies are recognising that gender is only something you’re both with and doesn’t have to constrict you to what you wear or where you can shop.”

Delilah also added that she has experienced similar scenarios while shopping, she said: “I can count numerous amounts of times I’ve had a few odd looks from staff and customers.

Not that it bothers me, but still, someone who wasn’t as comfortable and maybe someone who was exploring their sexuality and perhaps trans, it doesn’t help self esteem and confidence.’’

When asked what she thought about Topshop’s reaction to the incident, Delilah said: “for large and small retailers to promote the openness of which changing room you can use, will help not only the retailers understand the needs of their customer, but also the staff and members of the public to get over the constructs of gender and lighten up a little bit.”

 

 

 

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