For Immediate release
Friday August 1, 2008
Transgender and allies protest discrimination
Contact Kelli Busey
Tuesday evenings at 10:00 pm
3215 N Fitzhugh Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
Unfair and discriminatory actions of David Moore, co-owner Crews Inn.
Dallas Transgender advocates and allies have committed to a continuing a protest at Crews Inn, a Gay bar in Dallas Texas, in response to the expulsion of transgender woman from the bar on Tuesday July 15, 2008.
According to protest leader Celeste Williams, "We will let David Moore co-owner know that LGBT people will not abide with discrimination, especially from within our own community and that there are many other Gay bars close by that have publicly announced and displayed a non discriminatory policy towards the LGBT population".
A opinion that David Moore has displayed a random disregard towards transgender entertainers, guests and woman is reinforced by experiences of Sierra Nicole Standridge, who performs as Sierra Nicole Andrews,
"I was kicked out three years, he does this every so often for no reason".
Bar patrons who stopped by after seeing the protesters said he "gets into one of his moods" and acts unpredictably.
Robert Clawson, a dancer at Crews Inn who stopped by the protest on his way into work said,
“David is set in his ways,” Clawson said. “I think it is just awful, but I have to make my dollar.”
The protests have been joined by Patti Fink of the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance, Daniel Williams of the Dallas Peace Center, allies and friends.
The protest which has gained local TV and national media attention, has highlighted the need for legal protections in the workplace which transgender people have been excluded from recently in the 2007 ENDA defeat.
Cross posted from Gay City News. Click title for link.
Rea Carey, the new executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, isn't given to superstitious musings, but a telephone interview with her certainly suggested the notion that the gods are smiling on the LGBT movement.
The Task Force is playing an integral role in one key battle on the political landscape, the California referendum on gay marriage. Even before the Supreme Court in that state approved marriage equality, social conservatives had proposed an amendment to the California Constitution barring same-sex couples from marrying.
Regarding the division of our community over the ENDA issue Ms Rea had this to say;
NGLTF draws the line on "pursing legislation that leaves members of our community behind."
One community. United. Thank you NGLTF !