Still Acceptable in Massachusetts

From the Houston Press:

In March 2013, Alexis Hollada, better known by her stage name, Doomstress Alexis, is on her way back from Austin with her drummer, Raymond Matthews, in tow. The pair have just rocked a gig during SXSW with their doom metal act, Project Armageddon, and now just want to get back to Houston after picking up a bite to eat at a diner on U.S. 290. There isn’t much on the bass player and vocalist’s mind aside from food and a chance to use the bathroom before the long drive home, and she’s still high on the adrenaline from performing.

She and Matthews seat themselves and order coffee, which arrives a minute later while they look at their menus and wait for the server to take their order. And wait. And wait.

Time crawls along in the diner, which doesn’t look particularly busy. Repeated attempts by the pair to make eye contact with or flag down a server are ignored. Even polite calls for help and service elicit either a dead stare or no response at all. Hollada finally realizes what’s happening.

She is silently being told that as a transgender woman, she isn’t welcome in the restaurant.

In Houston, it will be illegal once the status of the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance is settled – but Massachusetts told her and all trans people loud and clear that this sort of discrimination against trans people is fine-n-dandy (and the less said about Wisconsin, New York and New Hampshire – and even Maryland from now until October 1st – the better.)

A restaurant is a public accommodation, after all.

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