Transgender Man Is Outraged after Being Denied Use of the Men's Bathroom
A transgender man by the name of Dev was recently the target of a transphobic attack after being denied access to the men's bathroom at a cannabis dispensary.
The incident took place at Four Twenty Bank in Palm Springs, Florida, and everything was caught on camera by Dev, who promptly uploaded the video to TikTok.
Dev said that he started filming after being asked to show his ID by an employee as he was walking towards the bathroom. Despite having the male gender marked, the staff member told him that it was "not enough."
A PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE EMPLOYEE
In the clip, Dev can be heard asking the female employee, who doesn't show up on camera, to say what she previously told him, to which she replied, "I said 'have a nice day.'"
The employee then accuses Dev of being aggressive after he questions why he was told that changing his gender on his ID from female to male was "not enough."
The TikToker goes on to say that the staff member is being transphobic and that she should be fired, all while the woman continues to wish him a good day and for him to find what is bothering him.
It has been reported that the female employee is Julie Montante, co-owner of the dispensary and someone who is on "multiple LGTQ boards" in the Palm Springs area.
SUPPORTED BY HIS FANS
The video has gone viral since its upload, and several people took to the comment section to support Dev and to bash not only the employee but also the establishment.
A user by the name of ChrisTheFish wrote that he left a negative review on Google but also expressed his amazement at how businesses keep getting away with having their reviews removed.
Cashmeresun, another user, found it funny that they said Dev was aggressive towards them after insulting him and that the employees must believe people should take such abuse and stay quiet.
Following the incident, Dev took to TikTok once again to ask his followers for help, specifically for a pro-bono lawyer willing to help him sue Four Twenty Bank for discrimination.
Dev believes he was targeted and that some laws must have been broken, but he doesn't possess the means to fight back. He said:
"I can’t really afford going up against somebody with that much money and prestige. Please reach out to me if you know anyone that’s willing to help a trans man sue for discrimination.”
Although times are changing and society has grown to become more accepting of others, unfortunately, there is still plenty of folks being discriminated against for their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Thankfully, there is also plenty of acceptance, as Elliot Page came to find out after coming out as transgender last year, having received plenty of love from friends such as Mark Ruffalo and Ellen DeGeneres.
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