A transgender man was evicted from a men’s sauna in London for not having a penis.
Gay Star News is reporting on an incident that occurred on October 29 at the Sailor’s Sauna which bills itself as a ‘social club for men interested in other men.’
In less elegant terms – a bath house.
The trans man, who identifies as ‘Jason’ in the Gay Star News report, says he was “A little nervous about being trans as I haven’t had bottom surgery but was reassured (by a friend) there would be no issue.”
Jason even went to the trouble of checking out the Sailor Sauna website which listed no ban on transgender men anywhere.
So, Jason, who says he’s “a very passable trans man” and identifies as bisexual, went to the sauna with his friend this past Monday evening.
Things seemed to go well for about an hour. But when Jason and his friend climbed into the jacuzzi, management approached him and told him he would have to leave.
“A staff member came over and requested I leave,” says Jason. “I was not allowed because of my genitals.”
Jason tried to explain that he is transgender, that there is no language about prohibiting trans men from entering the sauna, and even showed the staffer his government-issued passport that lists a male gender marker.
At that point, the staff member told Jason, “If you had t*ts and a d*ck, it’d be fine.”
During the confrontation Jason pointed out that The Equality Act of 2010 protects transgender people from discrimination, but the staffer wasn’t having it saying the business is licensed as a 'male space' and, as such, could violate the terms of their license.
The evening ended with Jason being refunded his money and ejected from the sauna.
“It was humiliating,” said Jason.
Gay Star News reached out to Sailor’s Sauna, and it was confirmed the incident took place.
And, the spokesman for the sauna repeated the concern about whether the business license could come under fire if they allowed trans men on the premises.
Then, in a statement to Gay Star News, a spokesman said:
“On Monday evening, a customer informed a member of staff that a woman was using the venue. I can only confirm what was said on the reception. The customer was told we did not know how we would stand in regards to our license. We are only licensed for men to use the venue.”
“I understand that the gentleman was male however his physical gender was different and as a customer had already stated that a female was using the venue, I explained that I would need to clarify with the council. The customer was given a full refund and we did apologise.”
“We have had confirmation from the council that if someone has a GRC [Gender Recognition Certificate] or ID confirming they are male, we would not be in breach of our licence.”
“I would also like to confirm that transgender men are welcome in our sauna.”