North Carolina: Woman kicked out of ladies’ bathroom by police after being mistaken for transgender

Charlotte, NC | A North Carolinian woman was brutally ejected from a ladies’ bathroom yesterday after nearby police officers were alerted by local citizens that a transgender was using a public women’s bathroom.

Linda Hovensky, a 54-year-old resident of Charlotte, was tased multiple times by police officers as she was forced outside of the ladies washroom with her pants down and in front of a large crowd.

“I was taking a crap when police officers started yelling at me and telling me to open the door but I wasn’t finished, so they kicked the door open and grabbed me with my pants down and rushed me outside” recalls the victim, visibly traumatized by the latest events.

“I tried to fight them to at least put my pants back on, that’s when they threw me on the floor and started kicking the life out of me and tased me I don’t know how many times,” she told local reporters in tears.


Linda Hovensky was beaten, tased and thrown on the sidewalk with her pants down in front a large crowd after being mistaken for a transgender woman

A “visible threat” to police officers

The woman represented a visible threat to police officers on the scene, explains Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department spokesman, Allan Jones.

“If the lady had not refused to come out peacefully out of the washroom and had explained calmly that she was, in fact, a woman and was in her own right to be there, there would not have been no escalation of violence,” Jones told reporters.

“The woman threatened police officers and that is what made things difficult for her and the agents that intervened” said Jones, during the press conference.

“She was hysterical and represented a possible threat to our officers who followed all proper procedures in this case,” he adds.

Kept in jail for five hours

Miss Hovensky was jailed for a period of over five hours at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department because she was unable to identify herself before a friend was able to bring proof of her identity to police headquarters.

“The idiot cops left my purse on the scene and left me to rot in jail for five hours because they thought I was a man? I’m going to sue the hell out of them, you can be sure about that” she told local reporters, visibly angered by the whole affair.

Gov. Pat McCrory signed the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, also known as House Bill 2 or HB2 in 2016.

The law bans people from using bathrooms that don’t match the sex indicated on their birth certificates, which opponents argue is discriminatory toward the transgender community.

10 Comments on "North Carolina: Woman kicked out of ladies’ bathroom by police after being mistaken for transgender"

  1. Um, considering her pants was down when they rushed her out. I mean…its right there.

    • Transwomen who have had sex-reassignment surgery look the same “between the legs” as any other woman. I assume that the cops weren’t sure if she was born with the vagina or not.

    • Kelly Bunny Bridgers | April 19, 2016 at 7:47 pm |

      When you get sex-reassignment surgery you can change your sex on your birth certificate, so even if she was transgender she’s still would be with in her rights to be in the bathroom.

    • Rebecca Herring | April 21, 2016 at 5:36 pm |

      Kelly, not all states allow birth certificates to be amended to change gender.

  2. Sue their ass off.i hope you get everything. Go get them!

  3. I feel for Hovensky and the law enforcement officers and sex segregated bathroom users everywhere in NC. I see the NC legislature as directly responsible for this fiasco. Being asked to quickly determine everyone’s biological sex on sight in an increasingly free society seems very tricky to me. The police might expect that telling someone you think they have a male body and are using the bathroom designated for female bodies seems likely to trigger folks confronted in this way. Heck just seeing someone in uniform can trigger me because i was tortured by a police officer who was my foster father.

  4. Sara Williams | April 17, 2016 at 9:35 pm | Reply

    REgistered Sex Offenders in 2007 747408
    Number of self identified Transgendered persons 700000.
    First results from google.

    • So what are you saying? That all self identified transgender people are registered sex offenders? What about the non-self identified transgender people?

    • Sara-

      94% of laboratory rats are found to have some type of cancer.

      Number of uneducated (misinformed, naive) women in the continental US in 2014 – 47 million. Number of dufus posts about transgender issues in 2014 – 47 million.

      Meet one. Do some reading. People are people; some nice, some not so much… this goes for trans people too.

  5. Could that cop’s statement be any more nauseating???

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