SPAIN: Male Soldier Who Identifies As A “Lesbian” Sues Military For €50,000 After Being Denied Access To Women’s Washrooms

A soldier in Spain is suing the Ministry of Defense for almost €50,000 after accusing officials of not properly facilitating or accomodating his “gender transition.” Francisco Javier López, 43, recently announced he identified as a lesbian, but that he would not be changing his name or physical appearance in any way.

As previously reported by Reduxx, López began his journey to “womanhood” in Spring of 2023, following the enactment of Spain’s controversial Trans Law. The legislation dramatically relaxed its requirements for changing legal documents, striking down a requirement that the individual provide medical reports demonstrating they had gender dysphoria or were undergoing cross-sex hormone therapy. The only formalities López had to complete were the presentation of his request at the Civil Registry, and waiting for a cursory three-month period.

Despite revising his legal sex, López has said he will not be changing his name or undergoing any alterations to his body in the form of hormones or surgery.

“I’m not going to get an amputation, nor will I have any surgery,” López told Spanish media. “I am happy with my body and I like women.” He continued by revealing his alleged motivations for the change, stating: “I realized some things and I felt like a woman. For example, I’m a beautician, and I feel better talking to women than men.”

López is the father of an underage girl, and, just months prior to deciding to change his sex marker, he appeared on a dating reality show called First Dates. During his time on the show, he confessed to liking “long hair and high heels,” and also said he had a “high heel shoe fetish.”

López has been in the military since 1999 and is stationed in the southern city of Seville where he is a heavy machinery mechanic. After his change of sex marker, López told Diario de Sevilla that he requested use of the female facilities at his barracks.

“I could not continue using a locker room contrary to my gender, so I requested the use of the locker room that corresponded to my gender, which I understand should be a female locker room, since I am a woman,” he said.

But the Army refused his request, claiming that there were space issues and that the women’s facilities were already over-occupied. After filing a complaint, the Army then told López that the expansion of the female locker rooms were underway, and offered him access to the women’s senior command locker rooms on a fixed schedule in the interim. López would have been able to use those facilities at set times, preventing the female soldiers from having to interact with him in the intimate space.

But López believed that those measures were unfair, and said he felt discriminated against because of his transgender status.

The soldier is now suing the Ministry of Defense for violating his human rights, and seeking just under €50,000 in compensation for the transphobic discrimination he claims to have endured. In the filed complaint, López was referred to with “she/her” pronouns and as “Mrs. Francisco Javier López.”

The lawsuit explicitly rejects the accommodations that the Army had tried to negotiate, stating that forcing López to use the women’s facilities in isolation constituted “a severe restriction of the rights of Mrs. Francisco Javier López … leaving her isolated and targeted … when her only desire is to receive equal treatment based on her gender identity.”

The lawsuit argued that López was faced with both “legal insecurity and a state of job and social insecurity” after being placed under a “notorious limitation” in the use of female facilities.

His lawyer also told press that this restriction revealed “various serious and culpable breaches caused by the [Ministry of Justice],” and that the facts could imply the “existence of a conduct detrimental to the fundamental rights” of López. In particular, the right to respect for his dignity and his physical and moral integrity.

López is not the only civil servant in Spain who had made headlines recently after declaring himself a “woman” and expecting special legal accommodations as a result.

In the small, autonomous city of Ceuta alone, it has been revealed that 37 male civil servants have changed their legal gender. Of them, the vast majority are associated with the Military, National Police, Civil Guard, or Local Police, and these new “females” have curiously all chosen to retain their male names and continue their lives “as men.”

As previously reported by Reduxx, one of the men recently came forward to boast of his success, stating that he changed his legal gender after the Trans Law was implemented in Spain in March of 2023.

Roberto Perdigones, a 35-year-old Army corporal, changed his legal sex to “female” after deciding he identified as an “intersex bigender” person. Perdigones explained that “externally, I am a straight man and internally a lesbian woman.”

Perdigones immediately began benefitting from his “sex change,” receiving an increase in his pension after he was reclassified as a “mother” because he was a “woman” who had a child. He also announced his intention to seek a promotion utilizing the so-called “affirmative action measures” designed to increase female presence in the Armed Forces command.

The surge in men rushing to change their gender markers has been denounced by some trans activists as “trans fraud,” despite the fact that they had been the ones to campaign to relax self-identification requirements.

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Nuria Muíña García

Nuria is a news contributor and the head of Spanish translation for Reduxx. Nuria is a passionate advocate for the rights of women and girls, and seeks to connect feminists across borders. A Spanish native, Nuria currently lives in Switzerland.

Nuria Muíña García
Nuria Muíña García
Nuria is a news contributor and the head of Spanish translation for Reduxx. Nuria is a passionate advocate for the rights of women and girls, and seeks to connect feminists across borders. A Spanish native, Nuria currently lives in Switzerland.