As reported by LGBTQ Nation, Casey Franklin, a transman, went into a barbershop in Queensland, Australia, and asked for a haircut. Should be a straightforward transaction, right?
Wrong. He was repeatedly misgendered, and denied service. He went and fetched his (also trans) girlfriend, Blaise Harris, whom they also misgendered repeatedly. They were speaking Arabic to each other, and one uttered a transphobic slur, not knowing that Harris speaks Arabic.
A complaint with the Anti-Discrimination Board has been filed, of course, and the barbershop’s response is full of enough misgendering and nastiness that I don’t have a whole lot of doubt about the outcome, really. Such discrimination is against the law in Australia.
Here’s the punchline: If that happened to my husband, all either of us could do is say, “okay, sorry, thanks for your time,” and walk out. We have no recourse in law at any level to prevent such discrimination and harassment. In the last seven years, I’ve been denied service at restaurants, tossed out of women’s clothing stores, and even denied service by a physician, because I’m transgender. And in most of our fair land, there’s nothing whatever I can do about it. It’s something I worry about, almost-constantly, and it’s why I’m not usually going to try new places when I am alone; in my experience, having someone else along tends to cut down on that sort of nonsense.