Turns out it wasn't transphobia at all - it was real. Bold, underlined text is my emphasis.
On June 23, several women confronted staff at the Wi Spa in Los Angeles’ Koreatown over accusations that a person exposed male genitalia in the women’s section. Video of the interaction was posted the following day on Instagram by a woman using the name “Cubana Angel.”
“It’s okay for a man to go into the women’s section, show his penis around the other women, young little girls — underage — in your spa?” she asked the staff. “He’s a man! He is a man!” The three-and-a-half-minute video was reposted across social media and promptly went viral ... The video was followed by weeks of sometimes violent face-offs between right-wing and Evangelical Christian protesters at the Wi Spa, and Antifa and far-left counter-protesters. On July 3, after police formed a line to separate the two groups, 40 people were arrested.
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Then, this week, a warrant was issued in Los Angeles County for the arrest of 52-year-old Darren Merager, of Riverside, Calif., based on five felony counts of indecent exposure in connection with the Wi Spa incident.
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Law-enforcement sources revealed that Merager is a tier-one registered sex offender with two prior convictions of indecent exposure stemming from incidents in 2002 and 2003 in California ... In 2008, she was convicted for failing to register as a sex offender ... She also has a long criminal history in California that includes nearly a dozen felony convictions for crimes ranging from sex offenses to burglary and escape.
In addition to Merager’s new felony charges of indecent exposure, she is also facing six felony counts of indecent exposure over a separate locker room incident in December 2018 ... “Merager claims to identify as female so he can access women’s locker rooms and showers,” reads an internal flyer by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that was sent to law enforcement departments in southern California in late 2018. Merager has pleaded not guilty to all six counts and her next court date for the incident is on Sept. 8 ... Merager says her open cases involving accusations of indecent exposure show a “pattern of abuse” from a state and society that punishes transgender people.
There's more at the link.
There are a few obvious conclusions to be drawn from the report.
- The reporter(s) and editor(s) concerned need to forget the "she" and "her" pronouns in Merager's case. If he's been claiming to be transgender for several years, but never gone through with the surgery to make it so, he's bluffing, and he's a "he", not a "she". Period. (You should pardon the expression.)
- He's a "frequent flyer" as far as law enforcement is concerned. He's done this before. The spa incident was not isolated, and has nothing to do with "transphobia" - it's because he seeks out controversy and makes himself look like a victim (in his own eyes, at least).
- In a civilized society, his first offense would have been an occasion to order him to undergo the necessary treatment to either "cure" him, or determine that he needs to be locked away from society for the latter's protection. Because California law is no longer civilized, he's been allowed to get away with his crimes. This needs to stop. (If he tried the same thing in the area where I live, non-politically-correct locals would ensure it - and he - did stop, instanter. Impromptu surgery might be involved.)
- All those "useful idiots", from Antifa and BLM down to the neighborhood liberals, who marched, protested, and indulged in violence on the pretext that the spa incident was "transphobia", have all been shown to be liars and worse. They wouldn't know the truth if it jumped up and bit them in the maracas. Their knee-jerk liberalism did nothing more than defend a criminal's illegal acts. I do hope they're proud of themselves, because the rest of us regard them as useless jerks.
I have nothing but sympathy for genuine cases of transsexuality. I know a few people who fit that category, and they're good people by anyone's standards. It's a sad, painful cross for them to bear. However, they're a tiny minority of the screeching harpies who claim to be "trans" because it's fashionable, or politically correct, or the cause du jour - or because it's a useful cover for their criminal tendencies. They have about as much to do with genuine transsexuality as I have to do with Mata Hari.