THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Did a supposedly LGBT-friendly bar really kick out their regular transgender patrons? It took a while for all the details to come out, but now after putting the pieces together, I think the bar owner, perhaps somewhat ignorant of the law, simply stepped over the line.
Christopher Penner, the owner of Portland, Oregon’s P Club, allegedly left voicemail messages for a transgender patron asking that her regular group of trans people not to come in on Friday nights anymore. Here’s a transcript of one of the voicemail messages:
“I’ve done some investigating why my sales are declining and there’s two things I keep hearing: People think that a) we’re a tranny bar or b) we’re a gay bar. We are neither. People are not coming in because they just don’t want to be there on a Friday night now.”
A KATU television reporter who previously talked with Penner, listened to the recording and stated on the air that it sounds just like Penner.
In response to media inquiries, Penner says the club doesn’t discriminate, and that half of the staff was gay or lesbian.
In response to an inquiry by Willamette Week, Penner said this: We don’t discriminate for anything other than if they cause business to go down. But that’s for anything.”
Now that is telling, “. . . for anything other than if they cause business to go down. . . .”, because doing just that would be against the law.
After Penner made that statement, his lawyer told him to stop speaking to the press.
KATU’s report states the person on the voicemail identified himself as “Chris”. The TV station also identified two of the transgender patrons: Cassandra Lynn and Victoria Nolan, with the former being the one who filed the complaint.
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries began its investigation into the matter on Wednesday. Oregon state law bans discrimination due to sexual orientation or gender identity.
You can view the complaint here: The P Club Faces State Investigation Over Alleged Discrimination Against Gays and Trannsexual Patrons.
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