THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — A bouncer at the door of the The Bishop Tavern and Lounge in St. Petersburg, Florida invited Alex Borrego and her drag queen friend inside for free drinks. But once inside and after consuming a few drinks, another bouncer cut them off saying: “You guys don’t get to participate, because you’re dudes.” Although Borrego showed him her drivers license indicating that she was female, the bouncer didn’t back down. There was a small ruckus then Borrego and her friend left the bar.
Later, a few of Borrego’s transgender friends started a social media boycott of the bar which caught fire and captured the attention of the bar owner Dean Marshlack, who apologized later on the bar’s social media sites.
Marshlack: “I don’t think the bouncer’s statement came from a place that was meant to be harmful. I think it came from a place of being misinformed.”
Marshlack says he plans to raise awareness of trans issues in the community and trans people in his bar will be treated with respect from now on.
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