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Woman beds down as a man in hostel to ‘expose sex risks’

All welcome: The hostel in Inverness where Trina Budge stayed after saying she identified as a man

A WOMEN’S rights activist booked in to a male dormitory at a youth hostel, pretending she ‘identified as a man’, to highlight her concerns that male guests could get into female dorms.

Married Trina Budge was allowed to stay the night in the room in Inverness — sharing with a visitor called Fred who was ‘confused but keen not to offend’.

She said sexual predators seeking access to women’s dorms could pose as transgender just as she did.

Hostelling Scotland has created a ‘predator’s charter’ by introducing a policy that allows guests to decide which gender they are, she claimed.

‘If the situation is the same for men, the policy gives any male — for the price of £22 — easy access to five sleeping women and numerous others showering,’ added Mrs Budge.

The 47-year-old, from Wick near John O’ Groats, made no attempt to alter her appearance before going to the hostel and telling the receptionist she had a place booked in the male dorms.

The worker said: ‘Male dorms?’ and suggested moving her to a female one.But when the activist said she ‘identified as a man’, the reply was: ‘Sorry, sorry, I don’t mean to offend anyone.’

Hostelling Scotland said its policy would remain unchanged, adding: ‘We are open to all and we treat all our guests with respect and dignity.’