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Restaurant fined for discriminating against trans woman over bathroom dispute

Restaurant fined for discriminating against trans woman over bathroom dispute

Charlotte Clymer

A Washington DC restaurant has been fined $7,000 discriminating against a trans customer.

Charlotte Clymer had been asked to show ID before using the female toilets in restaurant Cuba Libre in June last year, the Washington Post reports.

When she refused to do so, Clymer was forcibly removed from the restaurant.

The restaurant will pay the fine to the District for breach of the law and for discrimination.

The staff of Cuba Libre will also have to undergo training on the District’s gender identity laws.

Forcibly removed

Clymer had been attending a bachelorette party of a friend at Cuba Libre when the dispute took place.

When she went to use the bathroom a member of staff stopped her and asked to see identification which proved she was a woman.

Photo: @cmclymer

Clymer, who is an army veteran and a communications specialist for LGBTI rights group Human Rights Campaign, refused to show her ID.

When she entered the bathroom the member of staff followed her in and told Clymer she had to leave.

The restaurant proprietors then called security who forcibly removed Clymer from the premises, at which point Clymer called the police.

The restaurant’s owners later apologized for the incident, according to NewNowNext.

Photo: @cmclymer

Co-owner Barry Gutin said he is now working ‘to help ensure safety for DC’s transgender community at all area restaurants’.

Cuba Libre must now display a sign which reads: ‘All individuals are allowed to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity or expression.’

Another instance of transphobia

This was not Clymer’s first experience with anti-trans discrimination in Washington DC.

In May 2018, the month before the incident at the restaurant, Clymer had experienced a transphobic altercation from a Lyft driver.

She wrote about her experience in a lengthy Twitter thread.

Clymer said that the driver had initially acted aggressively when he asked her name.

When she asked about this he said it was ‘Because you’re a man, and “Charlotte” is not a man’s name.’

Clymer then decided to leave the car.

However, in a show of solidarity with Clymer, the other two passengers sharing the Lyft also decided to get out.

‘I’m grateful I had the resolution I did’

Speaking to Gay Star News last year, Clymer said that she was thankful because of the resolution.

She also said the Lyft had deactivated the driver following the altercation.

But Clymer admitted her experience came with a level of privilege. She added that LGBTI people of color face disproportionate levels of discrimination.

‘I’m grateful I had the resolution I did, but this might have gone much differently for someone who doesn’t look like me or have the level of security I do,’ Clymer said.