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Trans Woman Kicked Out Of D.C. Restaurant For Refusing To Show ID Before Using The Bathroom

Trans Woman Kicked Out Of D.C. Restaurant For Refusing To Show ID Before Using The Bathroom
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Ready for your daily dose of nonsense? The media focus fell on a D.C. area restaurant and Charlotte Clymer, a transgender woman. The restaurant, Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar, landed itself in hot water after a manager attempted to throw Clymer out after an incident with their bathroom.

While out enjoying the evening with friends, Clymer went to use the bathroom. As she is a transgender woman, she attempted to use the women's restroom. Before she could enter, however, a staff member blocked her and asked to see her ID. According to the staff member, they wanted to see if her identification proved she was female.

Last night, I was told by the manager of Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar - Washington D.C. that I couldn't use the women...

Posted by Charlotte Clymer on Saturday, June 23, 2018

Knowing her rights, Clymer ignored the request and entered anyway, after which the staff member, whose identification said was male, entered the women's restroom to find her and throw her out. Consider the irony of that scenario for a moment.

Clymer’s ordeal didn’t end there. A staff member and the manager were waiting for her outside the restaurant, insisting that it was D.C. law that her ID must say “female.” That, however, is incorrect. According to the D.C. law regarding restrooms, “denying access to any restroom, or other gender specific facility that is consistent with a person’s gender identity or expression, is unlawful.”

Clymer was more than happy to show the manager this, but he responded by threatening to call the police. Rather than wait for him to follow up on his threat, Clymer called the police herself and was delighted by their response. According to her account of the incident, “the responding officers — all cisgender men — were patient and kind in their communication, assured me I was right on the law, and radioed for their LGBT+ liaison unit to respond.”

According to Clymer’s account of the incident, the LGBT+ liaison advised that the restaurant would face an “investigation by the city’s licensing authority and the D.C. Office of Human Rights” and that she had a “very strong case.”  

The incident even attracted the attention of Mayor Muriel Bowser, who took to Twitter to apologize to Clymer for what she went through.

Only after the mayor spoke out against the discrimination against Clymer did Cuba Libre issue a statement, apologizing for the conduct of its employees.

Not everyone was satisfied with just an apology, however.

Despite the apology, Clymer isn’t willing to let the incident slide, stating she will pursue “legal options” against Cuba Libre and its staff.