Shop stops trans bride from trying on wedding dresses

Trans woman filing formal complaint after she was stopped from trying on dresses in a bridal shop in Canada

Shop stops trans bride from trying on wedding dresses
03 May 2013

A Canadian bridal shop stopped a transgender woman from trying on wedding dresses.

Rohit Singh, from Saskatoon in southern Canada, says she asked to try on a dress in Jenny’s Bridal Boutique and was refused.

The shop owner thought Singh was a man and said other people in the store would be uncomfortable with Singh trying on a dress, CBC News reports.

‘She said, “Sorry we don’t allow men to wear dresses here”,’ Singh said. ‘I said I’m not a man, I’m transgender.’

Singh is now planning on filing a formal complaint with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission.

‘It might happen to some other transgender that might come to the store and she will hurt the same,’ she said. ‘It so embarrassed me and my husband.’

Singh added: ‘Discrimination. I’m damn sure it’s discrimination.’

The bridal shop owner says she stands by her decision, who has chosen to remain anonymous.

She said: ‘He looked like a man. There was quite a few brides in the store. If you see a man trying on dresses, you’re going to feel uncomfortable.

Singh found a red gown at My Lynh Bridal, just a six minute drive away, where she described the service as excellent. She got married on Monday (29 April).

In March, Canada’s House of Commons passed a bill making it illegal to discriminate against transgender people.

It is now awaiting a second reading in the Senate, but is awaiting a sponsor for the bill. Until one is chosen, it will not be discussed.

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