One transgender Durham woman said she wanted to make a statement when she went into a women's restroom, but says she learned what'll happen if you're caught.
[Alexis Adams] says she was humiliated beyond belief and bystanders were stunned as security escorted her out of the Transit Center Thursday.
“I couldn't think. I couldn't speak. I was speechless,” Alexis Adams said.
Adams says a custodian confronted her as soon as she came out of the stall.
“It was embarrassing. I was outed in front of everybody,” Adams said.
The City of Durham, which passed a resolution in early April stating their opposition to HB2, told the news station that they take allegations of bathroom harassment “seriously.” So seriously, in fact, that they reviewed security footage from the transit center and found that Adams walked out of the bathroom facilities...unescorted:
Surveillance video at Durham's Transit Center shows Adams walking into the women's restroom at 1:17 p.m. About four minutes later, a janitor enters the restroom. Adams says the janitor confronts her and tells her to use the men's restroom or she would call security. Adams, who transitioned to female 5 years ago, told ABC11 she was embarrassed.
“There [were] other people in there and as I was walking out of the bathroom and security took me out,” Adams said on Thursday. “The woman was making a scene about it.”
But when the news station showed her not only the video clip of her walking out of the bathroom alone, but another clip of her shortly after walking with a person that appears to be a friend and not a security guard, Adams paused for a few seconds and appeared to shift her story a bit - changing in mid-sentence to saying she was asked to leave the premises rather than being escorted out by security (bolded emphasis added):
ABC11 showed Adams a different camera angle-this time of her walking out of the transit center with a man that does not appear to be a security guard. Adams response was, “I can't. I guess you just had to be there to witness it. The security did escort-ask me to leave the premises. They may not have dragged me out of the bathroom but they were there.”
It's not known if the janitor did in fact say anything to Adams because video cameras typically aren't placed inside public restrooms for obvious reasons. It should also be noted that you don't typically see security guards stationed inside of public restrooms, either. Nevertheless, anyone with any additional information on the alleged incident is encouraged to contact the Durham Police Public Relations office at 919-560-4322.