University Library Denies Gay Student Laptop Rental For 'Looking Like A Girl'
So apparently being gay can get your library privileges revoked? Florida Atlantic University senior Abdul Asquith was apparently told he couldn't rent a laptop at the university library because the librarian deemed him too effeminate.
When he approached the librarian to check out a laptop, he was told he could not because his ID did not fit with how he expresses himself.
He was wearing a khaki shorts, a university hoodie, and had his long hair tied back.
‘She looked at the ID, looked down on it, and said: “You sound, look and act like a girl. And this ID is a man. Therefore I’m not giving you a laptop”,’ Asquith told WPTV.
‘[The ID] looks just like me. I identify with my ID. I wasn’t there dressed up. I didn’t have on any dress. I wasn’t dressed in character.’
Asquith said he was ‘appalled’, ‘distraught’ and ‘embarrassed’ over the situation.
After going through three librarians, he was finally allowed to study using a laptop.
Florida Atlantic University has refused to comment.
Asquith added: ‘If I don’t speak out, who’s going to speak out? People need to speak out every time something like this happens.’
We smell a lawsuit. And let's note that Abdul looks EXACTLY like his ID card.
Just out of curiosity, we wonder if Asquith stayed quiet during this altercation--this being a library and all? We know we would have gotten real loud.
How do you think Florida Atlantic University should handle this situation, Instincters?