MP Caroline Flint goes on opposing gender-neutral bathroom policy

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Labour MP Caroline Flint addresses delegates at the Progress annual conference in central London on May 16, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

Labour MP Caroline Flint has defended her opposition to gender-neutral toilets, by citing an instance in which a man “urinated in the sink”. Speaking to PinkNews Ms Flint said: “I do not want women preyed upon by, or vulnerable to, male violence in shared spaces, if it could be avoided. A woman friend reported leaving the cubicle of a gender neutral pub toilet to be confronted by five drunk men, one of whom urinated in a sink while she was washing her hands. The chances of that happening in a women’s toilet would be minimal. There has to be room for a progressive discussion which addresses transgender discrimination and rights, alongside that of women’s safety.” Ms Flint clarified that she “fully appreciates the risks faced by the transgender community, who live with violence, intimidation and hate crimes”, insisting that “the issue of concern I raised during [the] debate was about women’s safety at the hands of men”.

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