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Transgender Women Sue Harlem Restaurant For Discrimination
A Harlem fried chicken spot is under fire for refusing to serve a group of transgender ladies who wanted a late night bite to eat.
According to NYDailyNews, 5 trans women (1 gender non-conforming), Deja Smith, Daniele Marino, Jonovia Chase, Jahmila Adderley, and Valerie Spencer went to Texas Chicken & Burgers on Frederick Douglass Blvd where they were told that they were sold out of chicken.
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This did not happen to me. This was shot by @theladydeja and happened to her and a group of my friends________________________________________________It's not about the chicken tenders. It's about being refused service and being treated like a second class citizen. I love my friends and I am so sad and disappointed and angry this happened to them but I know it happens to trans als gender nonconforming people everyday far too often especially when they are of color…………………………. Regrann from @theladydeja – I am sharing this with all of my 12k+ social media followers. @texaschickenandburgers your Racist and/or Transphobic cashiers basically refused my group of #Trans and #GenderNonComforming friends service in the midst of serving white and cis patrons. I literally kept asking, "Am I bugging out?" "Did that just happen?" We were on our way home after a night of #MemorialDay celebrations. I can't believe this happened in 2018. I am outraged and emotionally shaken. WTF Texas Chicken and Burgers!? It's fuckin fried chicken! FYI… I am a tax paying, hard working, #TransWomanOfColor, who would like to eventually just be a human being and productive American citizen. Situations like this make me understand how difficult that will actually be. #TexasChickenAndBurger #Racist #Transphobic #AsFuck! #PostRacial #Harlem – #regrann
“Excuse me, sir, are you blatantly ignoring me to disrespect me?” Spencer asked the cashier, who just said “Yes,” according to the suit.
Apparently Spencer accused the employees of serving others more chicken fingers than she was served and would not amend her order. Which lead to the above confrontation.
Texas Chicken & Burgers released this statement regarding the incident:
“… we are confident that the situation was caused by an honest mistake made by the employee when stating that particular food items were sold out, and not the product of any intentional discriminatory treatment as is portrayed in the video.”