Trans woman files complaint after ‘gay bitches’ slur appears on her receipt at hookah bar

Alleged incident occurred at Bistro 18 in Washington's Adams Morgan neighborhood

Trans woman files complaint after ‘gay bitches’ slur appears on her receipt at hookah bar
10 June 2014

After a night of indifferent service at a hookah bar in Washington DC, a transgender woman says she was given a restaurant receipt with the words ‘gay bitches’ printed on it.

Amira Gray was with eight friends at Bistro 18 in Washington’s Adams Morgan neighborhood last August when the alleged incident occurred.

When one of Gray’s friends approached the manager, he snatched what he thought was the offending receipt out of the man’s hands and printed a new receipt without the anti-LGBTI slur on it.

But Gray’s friend kept the original receipt and captured photos of it.

Lambda Legal on Tuesday (10 June) filed a complaint about the incident in the Washington, DC Office of Human Rights on behalf of Gray.

‘That this happened in Washington, D.C., where LGBT people have strong protections from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and personal appearance, points out the importance of ensuring existing laws are enforced,’ said Dru Levasseur, Lambda Legal Transgender Rights Project Director.

Gray said the group has already been treated poorly before the receipt arrived. They seated themselves and had to approach the bar to order while other tables were being served.

‘When my friends and I saw the receipt, we were humiliated and embarrassed,’ she said in a statement.

‘We went in planning to enjoy Bistro 18 just like everyone else in the hookah bar that evening, but it turned into a disturbing experience. I am standing up for my friends and me because I don’t think anyone should have to go through that.’

Lambda Legal filed a public accommodations discrimination complaint under the DC Human Rights Act arguing that Bistro 18 violated the DC Human Rights Act by discriminating against Gray based on her actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and sex in a place of public accommodation.

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