Australian Conservative and anti-LGBTI campaigner Lyle Shelton has attacked the AFL for offering unisex and inclusive bathrooms at its Pride Game, claiming that it puts women in danger.
The event at Etihad Stadium on the weekend offered several unisex bathroom blocks, and displayed signs welcoming trans and gender diverse people to use the bathroom of their choice.
“‘Go to the toilet that best suits your gender identity or expression’—what the heck does that mean?” asked a baffled, frowning Shelton.
“This means that if a bloke decides that he wants to be a woman, and identify as a woman, he can make that decision without a sex change operation… and then walk into the women’s toilets at Etihad Stadium and use those facilities.
“You don’t even have to wear a dress.”
Shelton called the policy “ridiculous” and said it would endanger women’s safe spaces.
“Our public facilities are no longer safe for women and girls,” he said.
He claimed that he was not suggesting that any risk was posed by “people who are struggling with their gender identity” or “gender dysphoria”, but that other “predators” posing as women could “commit acts of indecency and voyeurism”.
Shelton went on to suggest he was “standing with” trans people, and to accuse the LGBTI community of oppressing him.
With a long history of comments against the LGBTI community and especially gender diversity, Shelton was nominated for multiple ‘honours’ at this year’s Gay and Lesbian Outrageous, Ridiculous, and Ignorant Awards (GLORIAs).
His Coalition for Marriage took out the the Religion award for its claims that, after marriage equality, Pride events would become mandatory and kids would be forced to learn how to have gay sex, as well as claiming that there would be a 4000% increase in children coming out as trans.