Actress Liz Carr calls out M&S after transgender friend is refused entry to changing room
Actress Liz Carr has spoken out against Marks & Spencer after her transgender friend was refused entry to its flagship Oxford Street store changing room.
The Silent Witness actress shared a tweet from her wife Jo Church which described their friend being denied entry to the male fitting room, adding her own stinging criticism.
“Sigh… I bloody love @marksandspencer normally (especially the food!) but this happening to a friend of ours is just rubbish,” she wrote.
“M&S please look at your staff’s actions and question your offensive treatment of trans customers using changing rooms. #ItsAlwaysYourFight #SilentWitness”.
According to Church, their friend was told by shop workers that “it’s not like Europe y’know”.
She asked: “WTF does that even MEAN?!”
After stating how unacceptable it was, she added: “There is no place for #transphobia in our society.
“Big corporations like @marksandspencer should lead by example”.
People have hailed Carr’s tweet calling out the shopping brand.
One user thanked her for being an ally, tweeting: “thanks for standing up for us, it helps a lot to have people like you looking out for us!
They added: “horrible treatment, but sadly its a daily reality for trans people”.
Another user said: “Disgraceful unfair treatment!! But then again, not much hope for a worker who doesn’t even know that we are ‘in Europe’”.
Another made a joke about how ridiculous the situation was, tweeting: “Aah, time travel is possible! M&S workers hail from the 1950’s!”
As did another, tweeting: “Not just discrimination. This is *Marks and Spencer* discrimination”.
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A spokeswoman from M&S told the Evening Standard: “We want our customers to feel comfortable and enjoy shopping in our stores.
Our changing rooms, wherever they are located in-store, are available for all customers to use with respect to other customers’ privacy.”
She added: “We urge the customer to contact our customer services team so we can investigate this as a priority”.
The news is somewhat of a shock, considering that M&S made gender neutral toys for children in 2014.