Topshop has abolished gender-specific changing rooms after receiving complaints from transgender customers.
In a ridiculous move, and one that has been blasted on social media, the retailer has abolished female only changing rooms in favour of gender-neutral ones.
Topshop gave a statement to Buzzfeed News, confirming the existence of the policy, though they did not clarify when it was changed.
“All Topshop and Topman customers are free to use any of the fitting rooms located within our stores,” Topshop said in a statement.
News of the policy change comes after writer and performer Travis Alabanza told the high street brand via Twitter that they had “just experienced transphobia” in a Manchester branch after being denied entry to one of their changing rooms.
Thousands of people took to Twitter to vent their anger and confusion over the policy, and many voiced concerns about the safety of women and girls.
Journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer has condemned gender-neutral changing rooms after Topshop restated their inclusive policy, stating, “what about a man who is a paedophile, or a man who is a sex attacker of young women who can pretend [to be trans] to gain access to young women.
“People will be so PC. They’ll go, ‘well this is a transgender woman, they’re not a risk to the girls in this changing room’ but, actually, it’s a paedophile.”
Sir Philip Green and his retail empire:
Sir Philip Green’s retail empire (Arcadia) suffered a worse than expected 79% fall in profits last year as it reeled from the closure of BHS and a tough fashion market, during which Topshop’s UK sales fell for the first time in more than a decade.
The accounts also show Arcadia’s pension deficit, the difference between its assets and liabilities, more than doubled to £426.8m in 2016 from £189.6m a year before. Total liabilities are more than £1bn.