Her tweet echoed Sarah Huckabee Sanders, but her story ended very differently

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They both got kicked out of different restaurants on Friday. But only one suffered unjust treatment.

While White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders used her government Twitter account on Saturday to criticize a private business that politely asked her to leave, Charlotte Clymer shared a story of her own. Both women were ejected from a restaurant on Friday, but the similarities end there.

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“Last night, I was told by the manager of @CubaLibreDC that I couldn’t use the women’s restroom, and after challenging his discrimination with D.C. law and responding to his threat of calling the police w/ “please do so”, I was forcibly removed from the restaurant.” 

Clymer, who happens to be a press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, wrote those words at the start of a sprawling Twitter thread that has since gone viral. In the thread, Clymer describes the series of events that led to her being thrown out of the D.C. restaurant.

Clymer ignored the attendant’s request and made use of the restaurant’s facilities. She actually heard him enter the women’s restroom at one point, apparently searching for her. He was “doing everything but opening the stall doors” and eventually left.

When Clymer finished up and went to rejoin her friends, she was confronted at the restroom door by both the attendant and the restaurant’s manager. The latter claimed D.C. law stated that a person “must have ‘female’ on your ID to use the women’s restroom.” Clymer told him he was wrong and again refused the request.

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The exchange continued, with the manager insisting he was correct even after Clymer called up the text of D.C.’s restroom laws on her phone. At one point, the manager threatened to call the cops. But when Clymer encouraged him to do it, he simply told her to leave. 

Shortly after, a bouncer escorted her out. Just another night in Donald Trump’s America. But this is where the story turns in a more positive direction.

So Clymer called the cops. She admits in subsequent tweets that she was uncertain about her decision, but that the D.C. police dispatcher she spoke with set her mind at ease. 

Then, the responding officers turned out to be “patient and kind” as they caught up on what had happened, acknowledged D.C.’s restroom laws, and radioed for an LGBTQ liaison.

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The thread goes on from there to shout out a few others who acted as allies. Clymer also cops to her privilege, and how it helped her through what happened. 

It’s a message she doubled down on in an email exchange with Mashable. 

“I would only add that it deeply concerns me how transgender people who aren’t white or have financial privilege or good connections negotiate these kind of situations,” Clymer wrote. “No LGBTQ person should encounter this, let alone in a city as progressive as D.C.”

You should really read the whole thread though.

The story has spread far and wide on Twitter thanks to retweets from and interactions with a range of  public figures, including D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Rolling Stone writer Jamil Smith, and former First Daughter, Chelsea Clinton.

Credit as well to Clymer, whose canny phrasing of her initial tweet — mirroring Sanders’ own — no doubt helped the thread go viral as well. Her story surfacing alongside what happened to Sanders turned out to be an illuminating study in contrasts.

Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

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