Fury of Hampstead Heath ladies after men identifying as women are allowed into their famous bathing lake

Dec 31, 2017 by

by Sanchez Manning, Mailonline:

For decades it has been an oasis for women wishing to swim and sunbathe away from the prying eyes of men.

But now the famous Ladies’ Pond on London’s Hampstead Heath will no longer be a haven preserved for women after a controversial ruling allowed men transitioning to be women to bathe there.

Regular users of the tranquil fresh water pond – used by famous names such as actress Helena Bonham Carter, comedian Rhona Cameron and novelist Esther Freud – have complained in recent months that men who identify as women and wore female bathing clothes were using the pond.

One veteran swimmer, Margaret Roberts, told how in one incident she asked a Spanish male who claimed to identify as a woman but ‘looked and dressed like a man’ to leave, but he refused.

She also described how fellow pond users were ‘appalled’ when a ‘young man’ wearing a bikini, who also said he was transitioning to become a woman, came to use the pond this summer.

Further controversy was caused when a woman who is transitioning to be a man called for the pond to be made ‘gender fluid’, Ms Roberts said.

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