A LONDON swimming pond well-known for being women’s-solely has modified its guidelines to enable men who identify as feminine to bathe there.
Users of the Ladies’ Pond at Hampstead Heath have complained about men sporting feminine swimsuits having fun with its tranquil waters.
The picturesque North London landmark is commonly utilized by well-known locals together with actress Helena Bonham Carter and comic Rhona Cameron.
But regulars have advised of being “appalled” on the sudden look of men in bikinis swimming in the pond.
One girl, Margaret Roberts, advised the Mail On Sunday: “Can men not allow women to have any private space?”
A web site for the pond, which is run by volunteers and the City Of London Corporation, reads: “It is the only pond on Hampstead Heath reserved solely for ladies’ swimming”.
Ms Roberts, who has been utilizing the pond for greater than 30 years, fumed: “I and many others are threatened by having to have essentially ‘cross dressers’ come to the pond and openly use our private space.”
She advised of 1 transitioning man sparking outrage after they known as on the pond to be made “gender-fluid”.
Feminist author Julie Bindel additionally makes use of the pond frequently and mentioned: “It is totally unacceptable to allow men who identify as women, but who are otherwise male bodied and socialised as men, to be in a women-only space.”
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A City of London Corporation spokesman advised the paper: “Over the final yr all lifeguards and managers at Hampstead Heath ponds have taken transgender consciousness coaching programs, which have been provided to, and brought by, the ponds’ swimming associations as effectively.
“We are working with the LGBTQ community to ensure our facilities are fit to serve the needs of everyone who enjoys them, and will continue to do so in the future.”
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