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Outraged AP: Gay Bar Discriminated Against Man In Drag

From an outraged Associated Press:

Colorado: Bar discriminated against man in drag

By SADIE GURMAN | August 4, 2014

DENVER (AP) — A popular Denver gay bar discriminated against a man when a bouncer denied him entry last year because he was dressed in drag, Colorado regulators said in a decision that could become more common as anti-discrimination laws increasingly include gender identity.

The civil rights division of the state’s Department of Regulatory Agencies ordered the Denver Wrangler to resolve the dispute with Vito Marzano, a 27-year-old gay man who was wearing a dress, makeup and a wig when he went to the bar on Aug. 31, 2013.

Wait a minute! Where the hell does the AP get off calling Marzano a ‘he’? Which is even against the AP’s own stated policy. (Cf. Chelsea Manning.) Someone needs to call their lawyers.

A bouncer said he turned Marzano away because his appearance didn’t match his driver’s license, and he was following a policy designed to thwart underage drinkers from entering the club. But regulators determined the bar illegally discriminates against effeminate men because its dress code bars high heels, wigs, "appearance-altering makeup" and strong perfume, according to the decision issued last month and obtained Monday.

"In other words, a female with a masculine gender presentation would be permitted to enter, whereas, a male presenting as a female would be denied entry," civil rights division Director Steven Chavez wrote. He said the Wrangler wrongly favors bisexual and gay men who embrace a hypermasculine image and shun[s] interaction [sic] gay men who "exhibit effeminacy."

Thanks for clearing that up, Mr. Chavez. (Talk about gender confusion.)

General Manager Phil Newland told The Associated Press that the decision "contains many errors and equally as many disturbing opinions. The Denver Wrangler does not deny entrance to anyone, including women and those who identify as transgender."

Newland said the bar’s identification policy stems from state liquor laws. The Wrangler denied Marzano entry partly because he was aggressive and drunk, Newland told state regulators…

Who are we to judge?

Kenneth Upton, senior counsel for Lambda Legal, which pursues litigation on LGBT issues nationwide, said the case could signal a growing trend. "Now that gender is starting to be respected in a wider variety of ways under non-discrimination ordinances, you’re going to see more of these cases, and they’re confusing," Upton said…

Now you tell us.

Marzano, who led a boycott against the bar, which included a Facebook group with 241 members, said he hopes the decision will protect others. Gay people "face enough hatred and discrimination from the outside world," he said. "We do not need it from our own."

What a hero heroine!

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Outraged AP: Gay Bar Discriminated Against Man In Drag”

  1. Helena

    I think I’m gender confused.

  2. Gender Hostility first requires a ‘gender’ doesn’t it? Did anyone turn ‘it’ over to check??




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