A transgender Canadian woman is crying foul after allegedly being denied service at a bridal boutique.
Of her experience at Jenny's Bridal Boutique in Saskatoon, Rohit Singh told CBC News both she and her husband were "embarrassed," and now plans to file a formal complaint with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission.
"It might happen to some other transgender that might come to the store and she will hurt the same," Singh, who has begun gender confirmation surgery, said. "I'm damn sure it's discrimination."
The shop's owner, who was not identified in the report, told CBC News, "If you see a man trying on dresses, you're going to feel uncomfortable."
As Shine On reporter Shereen Dindar points out, a Canadian bill making it a hate crime to discriminate against transgender citizens is currently awaiting Senate approval. "Transgender and transsexual citizens are among the most marginalized and are too often victims of harassment and acts of violence," New Democrat Randall Garrison is quoted as saying in that report.
Singh's case is merely the latest alleged incident of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) discrimination in the wedding industry.
In March, Richland, Wash. gay couple were shocked when their favorite florist turned them away after the pair announced plans to tie the knot in September. Of his experience at Arlene's Flower Shop, owned by Barronelle Stutzman, Robert Ingersoll noted, "It really hurt because it was somebody I knew."
Stutzman is now facing a lawsuit from the Washington State Attorney General, reportedly seeking a permanent injunction that would require her business to comply with the state's consumer protection laws, as well as $2,000 in fines for every violation of the law.
Earlier in 2013, an Oregon-based lesbian couple were turned away from a local bakery when they sought a wedding cake.
"I believe that marriage is a religious institution ordained by God," Aaron Klein, who owns Sweet Cakes Bakery with his wife Melissa, is quoted as saying. Specifying that he does not consider himself to be anti-gay -- "I'll sell [gay people] stuff...I'll talk to them, it's fine" -- Klein also noted, "I'd rather have my kids see their dad stand up for what he believes in than to see him bow down because one person complained."
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A Phoenix-based lesbian couple cried foul after <a href="http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2012/02/28/20120228phoenix-sheraton-reach-out-ousted-lesbian-couple.html" target="_hplink">being told to "get a room" by a hotel restaurant manager</a> during a romantic dinner. <em>The Arizona Republic</em> says Kenyata White and Aeimee Diaz, both 38, chose to celebrate their two-year anniversary at the District American Kitchen and Wine Bar, located inside the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, on Sunday because they met there. "My partner and I were reminiscing...in one of the tall booths," White told the paper. "I had my arm around her neck, and she had her hand around my waist. I gave her a hug for about a minute, pulled myself away to give her a quick kiss, and then we continued talking." White told AZ Family that <a href="http://www.azfamily.com/news/A-Lesbian-couple-is-kicked-out-of-a-Downtown-hotel-after-sharing-a-kiss-140801993.html" target="_hplink">she and Diaz were then approached</a> by a restaurant manager, who "came up to us and said we should get a room. That our behavior was inappropriate and we should leave the establishment."
Rose Marie Belforti, the town clerk in Ledyard, N.Y., drew national attention after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The town's government is behind Belforti, saying it cannot force her to issue licenses.
A Florida-based lesbian couple said they were humiliated by their driver's license application "nightmare" after the Pinellas County DMV rejected their name change request after an hour-long wait.
The owner of a new gay bar on Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood said he was refused service because a printing company thinks homosexuality is wrong. The printing company's owner argued he didn't approve of the artwork on the promotional material.
Earlier this year, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit against the Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville, Vermont after the proprietors <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joseph-alexander/a-change-is-gonna-come_1_b_1079932.html" target="_hplink">refused to host</a> Katherine Baker and Ming-Lien Linsley's same-sex wedding reception. As ABC <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/vermont-inn-sued-refusal-host-gay-couples-wedding/story?id=14110076#.TsFfOoBPkqU" target="_hplink">is reporting</a>, the inn updated its website shortly thereafter to announce it is "no longer hosting weddings or special events."
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