THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — A trans woman was cited earlier this week for using the women’s restroom at Dallas’ Parkland hospital. Reports conflict of the actual timing, but at one point Paula Witherspoon showed authorities a note from her doctor that supposedly ‘proved she was female.’ Other reports however, states it was just a ‘letter of transgender rights’. Either way, she was cited by police and released.
A blogosphere uproar ensued after the discrimination incident became public knowledge, and rightly so. However, it has now just come to light that Witherspoon is also a convicted child molester on parole — she admits that much herself. Whether this measured into the citation decision is not clear as the hospital is saying the whole incident is now under review.
Should a child molestation conviction matter in this incident? Maybe.
There is more we need to know about the incident. We need to know if she broke any probation requirements or other conditions that were set in place on her to protect children.
We do know she was convicted twice in 1990, one for charges involving a 14-year-old girl and another for a 15-year-old girl and was sentenced for 20 years total for both charges. Witherspoon apparently served her time and was released on parole.
If she is found in compliance with the conditions of her parole and no further charges stem from this incident, then Witherspoon’s criminal history should not factor in the injustice she found at Parkland hospital for using the restroom.
Side note: The Dallas city anti-discrimination law supposedly doesn’t apply to the hospital because it is run by the county. The county’s anti-discrimination policy only applies to county employees.
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