A mother has thanked a North Carolina girl’s clothing store that went above and beyond to make sure her son could try on clothes there. Proud mum Martie Todd Sirois lives in state capital Raleigh with her husband and three children, including her 10-year-old son who often wears gender non-conforming clothing. Ms Sirois took to Facebook to recall how after the law came in, she was terrified to take her son shopping in a tween clothing store, Justice, because it is branded as “just for girls”. She lamented: “I wondered whether a clothing store that touts itself as ‘just for girls’ would be open to a boy trying on their clothes. I wondered whether they’d have a legal right to deny my son entry to a female dressing room.”
The family received help from another family with a transgender child. The mom went on: “Store manager Stephnie assured her that ‘everyone is welcome at Justice’ and any rudeness or discrimination from fellow customers would not be tolerated. She spoke of how Justice’s parent company, Ascena, helped donate without question after the Orlando massacre at Pulse Nightclub. We definitely had an advocate at this store. Friday afternoon at 4:45, I was leaving work and I decided to call the store to make sure our advocate, Stephnie, was working. She was, however, she stated her shift was over at 5:15, but that the girl taking over after her was just as welcoming. We rushed to get there, and just around 5:10 arrived. There were no other customers in the store. My son’s eyes were huge and overwhelmed with possibilities. Stephnie came right over to greet us didn’t bat an eyelash, and basically took on the role of my son’s personal shopper for the evening. After getting a feel for what colours, textures, and patterns he liked, Stephnie showed us several possibilities, from sequined mini skirts to slim jeggings. My son LOVED them all. We went to the changing room, and my son couldn’t get those clothes on fast enough”.