Jessica Rush was scared to see a man following her into a Texas hospital bathroom last Thursday. That's when she confronted him—and learned he thought she was a he, NBC Dallas/Forth Worth reports. "You didn't look like a girl when I saw you enter, I thought it was..." the man is recorded as saying on her phone. "A boy?" asks Rush. "Yeah, it was kind of confusing," he says. "You dress like a man." (See the video here.) Rush, who was wearing basketball shorts and a T-shirt and sports a bleach-blond faux-hawk, recorded another chat with the man later at Baylor Medical Center in Frisco, the Dallas Morning News reports. "The point is, I was helping my mom," he says. "I was confused when I see someone entering the woman’s bathroom looking like a man."
Rush and her wife were still mad about it, and worse, it's happened before. At a Hobby Lobby, a woman tried to stop Rush from entering a restroom used by the woman's granddaughter, and woman at 24 Hour Fitness once criticized her for trying to use the women's restroom before realizing Rush was female and apologizing, the Dallas Observer reports. Rush's story breaks as national battle lines are hardening over transgender bathroom use, and another Dallas suburb, Rockwall, may limit bathroom use to the gender on a person's birth certificate. "I do feel for the transgenders because this happened to me," Rush tells WFAA. "I just think everybody just needs to kind of stay to themselves and don’t be the bathroom police." (Meanwhile, Target has sided with the transgender community.)