Ready for your daily dose of nonsense? The media focus fell on a D.C. area restaurant and Charlotte Clymer, a transgender woman. The restaurant, Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar, landed itself in hot water after a manager attempted to throw Clymer out after an incident with their bathroom.
While out enjoying the evening with friends, Clymer went to use the bathroom. As she is a transgender woman, she attempted to use the women’s restroom. Before she could enter, however, a staff member blocked her and asked to see her ID. According to the staff member, they wanted to see if her identification proved she was female.
Knowing her rights, Clymer ignored the request and entered anyway, after which the staff member, whose identification said was male, entered the women’s restroom to find her and throw her out. Consider the irony of that scenario for a moment.
Clymer’s ordeal didn’t end there. A staff member and the manager were waiting for her outside the restaurant, insisting that it was D.C. law that her ID must say “female.” That, however, is incorrect. According to the D.C. law regarding restrooms, “denying access to any restroom, or other gender specific facility that is consistent with a person’s gender identity or expression, is unlawful.”
Charlotte Clymer, a trans woman, says she was harassed at Cuba Libre Restaurant last night after a male bathroom attendant asked for her ID to use the women’s room. The manager falsely said it’s DC law that a person’s ID gender must match which bathroom they use & threw her out. pic.twitter.com/hcfQwFx7Rh
— Victoria Sanchez (@VictoriaSanchez) June 24, 2018
Clymer was more than happy to show the manager this, but he responded by threatening to call the police. Rather than wait for him to follow up on his threat, Clymer called the police herself and was delighted by their response. According to her account of the incident, “the responding officers — all cisgender men — were patient and kind in their communication, assured me I was right on the law, and radioed for their LGBT+ liaison unit to respond.”
According to Clymer’s account of the incident, the LGBT+ liaison advised that the restaurant would face an “investigation by the city’s licensing authority and the D.C. Office of Human Rights” and that she had a “very strong case.”
The incident even attracted the attention of Mayor Muriel Bowser, who took to Twitter to apologize to Clymer for what she went through.
.@cmclymer, I’m so sorry this happened to you. While I’m glad to hear that @DCPoliceDept were there to represent our true #DCValues, we won’t accept this type of discrimination in Washington, DC. It’s not just illegal, it’s against all we stand for. https://t.co/UAzUP9wlSS
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) June 23, 2018
Only after the mayor spoke out against the discrimination against Clymer did Cuba Libre issue a statement, apologizing for the conduct of its employees.
— Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar – Washington D.C. (@CubaLibreDC) June 23, 2018
Not everyone was satisfied with just an apology, however.
Unless you immediately terminate the employees involved then this apology means nothing. Bigots should not be allowed to feel comfortable in their workplace, ESPECIALLY if they act like THIS.
— Theo ❤ (@t_jazzper) June 24, 2018
I am sure you are sorry BUT only after receiving negative attention. That makes your apology seem conditional and insincere. Charlotte did not deserve how she was treated nor should she have been force to take it to the level she did in order to exact change. #IStandWithCharlott
— Elizabeth Gini (@GiniMomof9) June 23, 2018
I hope that u have fired the idiot that mishandled this situation. How does this even happen in a metropolitan city now a days? If this would have happened to my son, I would have you guys I court before the apology was sent. I hope you all have good attorneys. U will need them.
— Manny Godinez (@godinez_manny) June 24, 2018
I hope you'll make a real gesture of remorse by making a substantial donation to Casa Ruby
— DRAGON: Inner Chi (@ChristyColleene) June 24, 2018
Despite the apology, Clymer isn’t willing to let the incident slide, stating she will pursue “legal options” against Cuba Libre and its staff.