Tranny in a flap over chang­ing room row

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A FUM­ING trans­gen­der woman has slated high street shop­ping gi­ant Pri­mark af­ter staff re­fused to let her use the fe­male chang­ing rooms.

Joni Ben­dall (above) stormed out of the store in Ip­swich af­ter her per­sis­tent pleas to be al­lowed to use the fit­ting rooms of her choice fell on deaf ears.

A close friend of the 26-year-old, Rosetta Baker, has now sent a sting­ing let­ter to Pri­mark boss Paul Marchant.

She told the CEO that his com­pany’s brand, mar­keted at a “young, cul­tur­ally di­verse de­mo­graphic”, was in­stead “nar­row­minded, in­tol­er­ant and prej­u­diced” at the Ip­swich store.

Miss Ben­dall, who was born a man, was in the store on April 30 when she took two items to the fe­male chang­ing room.

She claims she was told by the as­sis­tant that the men’s chang­ing rooms were up­stairs.

Miss Ben­dall said: “I paused to take a breath and said, ‘I’m not a man’ – but the as­sis­tant turned around and kept fold­ing clothes.”

A spokesman for Pri­mark claimed it was its pol­icy to al­low all trans­gen­der cus­tomers to use the fit­ting rooms of their choice in its stores.

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