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06/11/2014 04:34 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Transgender Woman Files Complaint Over 'Gay Bitches' Restaurant Receipt

A transgender woman who says she received an offensive receipt after a night out at a hookah bar in Washington, D.C., has filed a complaint against the restaurant.

In August 2013, Amira Gray visited Bistro 18 with eight friends, including four women and two gay men, according to legal documents posted on Lambda Legal, an LBGT legal nonprofit organization. In the complaint, Gray says she and her friends were ignored by the waitstaff the entire night (except for when an employee brought over a hookah machine) and had to go to the bar to place their orders.

When they received their bill at the end of the night, the slur "Gay Bitches" was written on the receipt, the document notes.

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Lambda Legal filed a public accommodations discrimination complaint against Bistro 18 with the Washington, D.C., Office of Human Rights on June 10. In the complaint, Gray describes how the incident made her feel:

As a transgender woman, I was extremely hurt, embarrassed and upset. I felt that the slur was meant as a slap in the face because of my gender identity and expression, my perceived sexual orientation, my personal appearance, and my association with my friends who are or may have been perceived as being lesbian or gay. I believe that those at the table which I was seated were targeted for ill-treatment based on the fact that our group included transgender and gay patrons and patrons who may have been perceived as lesbian or gay.

"Transgender, along with lesbian, gay, and bisexual, people suffer this kind of discrimination and harassment every day in every corner of this country," Dru Levasseur, Lambda Legal Transgender Rights Project Director, said in a statement obtained by The Huffington Post. "Lambda Legal uses coordinated advocacy and public education to put a stop to the mistreatment of LGBT people like Amira, wherever it may occur, and to empower members of our community to stand up for themselves -- and for one another."

Since news of the story broke, several outraged users have given Bistro 18 one-star reviews on Yelp. HuffPost contacted the restaurant for comment but did not receive an immediate response.

Receipts have offended LGBT restaurant patrons before. Last year, a pair of men said they were referred to as "gay guys" on a receipt from a British bar. An ATM at a bar in Puerto Rico also reportedly printed a receipt that said "we hate fags."

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