NY Gay Bar Kicks Out Trans Performer For Using Women's Room At Straight Female Patron's Request
Boots & Saddles Drag Lounge in Manhattan is facing flak this week for allegedly kicking out a transgender performer when a straight cis female patron complained that she was using the women's restroom.
Valentine Steaphon shared her story on Facebook over the weekend, revealing that the straight women wasn't happy to share the bathroom with her. "Why are you in here? You don't have a pussy!" Steaphon says the women told her.
"Excuse me?!," Steaphon replied. "You don't know what's in my pants? You're in an LGBT space, we use the restrooms accordingly."
The argument escalated from there and prompted the straight patron to complain to security. Steaphon recalls the conversation with security: “He said ‘Well we cater to straight women here so if you are making them feel uncomfortable in the bathroom, you have got to go.’”
With no manager on site at the time, security decided to kick both patrons out.
Boots & Saddles released a statement in the wake of the viral story, which reads:
This morning, we became aware of a situation that occurred last night at our establishment Boots and Saddle Drag Lounge. We are saddened that a member of our LGBTQ community felt marginalized for using the restroom at our bar. For over 43 years Boots has been a champion for the rights of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. We expect that every person who walks into our establishment feels safe and respected. To that end, we are taking measures to ensure that such an incident never happens again. Our signage is being updated to reflect what we have always believed that our restrooms are gender neutral. All staff is being reminded that all patrons are to be treated with the utmost respect and sensitivity. We deeply regret this event ever occurred, and we will make sure this never happens again.The Owners and Management of Boots and Saddle Drag Lounge
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