The Australian woman who lives in fear of having to share a bathroom with another woman who was squatting in her kitchen in a country that does not allow transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity has now launched a class action against the Government over the move.
The Australian Woman is currently suing the Australian Government over its decision to change the way it implements a law that is intended to protect transgender people from discrimination.
The law, which came into force on April 6, 2016, states that people can be fined up to A$4,000 for breaching the privacy of a person in a public place, even if they do not identify as a transgender person.
The legislation also requires anyone who breaches the privacy is liable for up to six months in jail and can face a maximum fine of A$3,000.
The woman who is suing the Government said that she was concerned that she and her partner were sharing a bathroom in their home with someone who is transphobic.
“They were squatting, they were making a noise, they had a lot of people watching, and it was very upsetting to me that I had to share the bathroom with them,” she told ABC News.
“I was very frightened.
I’m very upset.”
The woman said that the change to the law came as a result of pressure from the LGBTI+ community, and that she has received death threats.
“The pressure is on us now, because I feel like I can’t go into the bathroom without them being concerned,” she said.
“People are saying ‘do you have any money?’, ‘do people get mad at you?'”
The Government has said that it has removed the restriction and that they will take into account the needs of transgender people when deciding how to enforce the law.
The ABC contacted the Australian Embassy in New Zealand, and they did not respond to requests for comment.
The Government is yet to respond to the woman’s claim.