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Starr Denied Entrance to Gay Club

Allanah Starr posts on Saturday, February 26 I was out with my make up artist and another gay friend of ours and we had planned to go to a few gay spots around New York. First stop was Therapy in midtown Manhattan, in which we were welcomed with open arms and treated very well. Next, we decided to stop by Splash, a popular gay spot in the Chelsea area of NYC, that personally I had never been too. When we approached the door, (mind you I was very well dressed in head to toe designer gear as I usually do when I go out) we were stopped by the door man who told us that my friends could come in but not me. I asked why and he said that the club, did not want transsexuals or women in there that night. I asked if it was a private party-his reply “no”. Then, I asked if this was a private club-his reply “no”. Then I asked if he thought this was against the law-his reply “probably so”. In fact IT IS against the law. I was denied entrance to a public place for the soul reason that I am a transsexual-that my friends is the ugly world we all know so well:

DISCRIMINATION. In April 2004 the New York City Council passed a transgender anti discrimination bill that added the phrase “gender identity or statement” to NYC human rights laws.

But not only was not I allowed in, but neither were two genetic women who had been denied entrance as well and were standing outside for a cab. Clearly this was a violation of our rights. Now, how would you feel if you went to a public place and someone said “Sorry you cannot come in because you are a man, or black, or Spanish, or your blonde”, etc. How would these people who run Splash feel if they went to a bar and they were told @ the door “I am sorry you can’t come in because you are GAY”. I am sure they would feel like shit. Which is exactly how I felt. I felt humiliated and embarrassed. I was there to have a good time and spend money-but because of my gender I was not good enough. It is hard to believe that in this day and age gay clubs still have no women/no ts door policies. I understand the right of a PRIVATE establishment or PRIVATE party to only let certain individuals in. This was not the case this evening. This was a case of discrimination. The management at Splash should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this to happen.

In a day and age when gay people themselves are fighting for basic rights all humans should have, they themselves are creating their own forms of segregation and discrimination of the sexes. If simple equality can’t begin @ a night club, then how can they expect the whole nation to understand? Im sorry Guys but I am damn MAD. I have worked so hard and long to be who I am to that it pisses me off when people think they can exclude trannies out of nightclubs.


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