A gay university senior student was stopped from using a laptop because he ‘looked like a girl’.
Abdul Asquith, a Communications major at Florida Atlantic University, said he was trying to get some studying done at the campus library.
When he approached the librarian to check out a laptop, he was told he could not because his ID did not fit with how he expresses himself.
He was wearing a khaki shorts, a university hoodie, and had his long hair tied back.
‘She looked at the ID, looked down on it, and said: “You sound, look and act like a girl. And this ID is a man. Therefore I’m not giving you a laptop”,’ Asquith told WPTV.
‘[The ID] looks just like me. I identify with my ID. I wasn’t there dressed up. I didn’t have on any dress. I wasn’t dressed in character.’
Asquith said he was ‘appalled’, ‘distraught’ and ‘embarrassed’ over the situation.
After going through three librarians, he was finally allowed to study using a laptop.
Florida Atlantic University has refused to comment.
Asquith added: ‘If I don’t speak out, who’s going to speak out? People need to speak out every time something like this happens.’