A restaurant in Washington, DC, is apologizing for an incident that took place Friday night, when one of the eatery’s managers unlawfully asked a transgender woman for ID before she used the ladies’ restroom.
Charlotte Clymer was dining out with her friends at the Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar when, toward the end of their meal, she was asked by an employee to provide ID stating that she was “female” after she attempted to enter the bathroom.
“I told him that’s nonsense, turned on my heel, and continued into the restroom,” Clymer wrote on Facebook.
Clymer, who works for the Human Rights Campaign, said she informed the manager that he was mistaken and asked him to show her a law that backs up his claims, to which she was simply told, “You being in [the women’s bathroom] will make women uncomfortable.”
When he didn’t pick up the phone, Clymer took matters into her own hands and called them herself.
“I could not have asked for a more professional and affirming experience from the Washington Metropolitan Police Dept,” she wrote. “The responding officers — all cisgender men — were patient and kind in their communication, assured me I was right on the law, and radioed for their LGBTQ liaison unit to respond.”
Clymer now claims the restaurant is being investigated by the city’s Office of Human Rights, and says she, too, is pursuing “legal options” against Cuba Libre.