The 80-year-old Washington state woman who made headlines last week after getting permanently banned from her local YMCA pool — apparently for demanding that a transgender worker leave the women’s locker room — was heckled by trans activists at a rally on Monday.
Julie Jaman, of Port Townsend, ignited a controversy after giving an interview to Seattle radio show host Dori Monson about her confrontation with a trans employee on July 26 at the Mountain View pool, where she had been a member for 35 years.
Throughout the interview, Jaman kept referring to the employee, Clementine Adams, who identifies as a woman, as a “man,” and discussing her genitals.
“I saw a man in a woman’s bathing suit watching maybe four or five little girls pulling down their suits in order to use the toilet,” Jaman recalled. “I asked if he had a penis and he said it was none of my business. I told that man to ‘get out right now.’”
Jaman claimed that when she complained about Adams’ presence in the women’s shower area to a YMCA manager, she was accused of being discriminatory, was threatened with police and ordered to leave.
Erin Hawkins, a spokesperson for the Olympic Peninsula YMCA, told Fox News Digital last week that the permanent pool ban followed a string of incidents in which Jaman violated the venue’s code of conduct by being disrespectful, abusive and harassing towards staff.
On Monday, Jaman was delivering a speech at a rally in Port Townsend when a group of protesters interrupted her, as seen in a cellphone recording that has been circulating on Twitter.
She begins by describing herself as the “naked old lady in the women’s shower room” and goes on to say that she objects to having “men that identify as women undressing and showering with female humans.”
Soon, protesters begin jeering and chanting “trans rights are human rights” to prevent Jaman from speaking further.
“Are we going to get beat up here?” the visibly shaken octogenarian asks while looking around in panic, before begging her supporters in the crowd to call the police.
“Can somebody call the police, please?” she implores, after someone tears down the suffragette flags behind her.
Jaman makes repeated attempts to continue, but her voice is drowned out by activists yelling, “trans women are women!”
Jaman somehow makes it through the end of her prepared statement, which she concludes by saying: “privacy, safety, dignity for female human beings is required when dressing and showering — no less is acceptable.”
The feisty senior, surrounded by a ring of female supporters, then raises her fist in the air in a gesture of defiance, drawing cheers and applause from her cohorts.
The clash at the YMCA on July 26 involving Jaman led to police being called and an incident report getting written up.
The report alleged that Jaman “had an emotional response to a strange male being in the bathroom” near young girls, according to a phone call an officer had with the woman.
A YMCA representative told police that Jaman was “screaming” at a staffer in the locker room and refusing to leave.
In the interview with Monson, Jaman claimed that when she saw Adams near some young girls, she said the “momma bear in me” came out.
She also took issue that there were no signs warning women that there could be trans people showering next to them.
Jaman said when she confronted Wendy Bart, CEO of the Olympic Peninsula YMCA, about that, she was told that there were Pride posters plastered all over the facility, presumably signaling that everyone was welcome there.
“That’s fine with me, except that they do not provide alternatives for women who choose not to be undressing in front of men,” Jaman said.
Meanwhile, Adams, the trans pool staffer, has addressed the controversy in updates on the page of her GoFundMe campaign, which she has launched to help her fund her vocal change and sex reassignment surgeries. As of Tuesday, more than $14,000 has been raised.
“The amount of hate and accusations being sent my way is horrifying and it takes all of my energy to ignore it,” Adams, who is a college student planning to major in elementary education, wrote.
“I’ve been put on blast internationally and most of it’s untrue. My private life has been considerably damaged by the negative attention.”