EDINBURGH, August 27, 2013 ( – An 18-year-old “transsexual” man in Edinburgh is filing hate crime charges against a shopping centre guard after being told that he could not use women’s lavatories.

The Daily Record reported that the young man, River Song, whom the paper referred to as a “woman waiting for a sex-change,” complained to police on Monday when a security guard at St. James shopping centre allegedly told him, “You are a male and always will be.” 

Describing the incident, Song said, “He pulled me aside and asked if I’d had a sex change. I couldn’t quite believe what I was hearing but I answered him, saying no. 

“He then asked me, ‘Why have you used the female bathrooms if you haven’t had a sex change?’ He asked for my ID, which I showed him. As he glanced at it, he said, ‘This is a male. You are a male and always will be a male.’” 

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Song said that the guard made other comments. “At one point he said, ‘It’s got a penis’, which is so offensive,” he said. 

He added, “I have never been treated so badly and felt so humiliated.”  

A spokesman for the Edinburgh police confirmed that they had been called to investigate the incident under the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 and that the police normally “work with partner agencies to provide support, advice and guidance to anyone who believes they have been a victim.” 

Legal experts have criticised the Equality Act 2010, which leaves the determination of a “hate crime” up to the subjective feelings of those who complain to police. The Sexual Orientation Regulations section of the Act were used by activists to shut down or force the secularisation of nearly all faith-based adoption agencies in Britain.