One consequence of the false anti-trans ‘bathroom predator’ rhetoric the Republican Party pushed to oppose trans rights laws is it invites scrutiny on any cis or trans woman who doesn’t fit the stereotypical and goalpost shifting standards for what a woman is supposed to look like.
It has also emboldened transphobes to play gender police and mess with people going to the damn bathroom
One of the things Alexus Tate loves to do is head to the Gold Strike Casino in Tunica County Mississippi and enjoy the time she frequently spends there trying her luck.
But the trip she took to the casino the day after Thanksgiving with a friend wasn’t anything but pleasant for her because transphobia smacked her in the face.
A female casino security guard loudly demanded to see Tate’s ID as she left the restroom in front of other casino patrons. A janitor confided to Tate that the security guard had made disparaging transphobic remarks about her as she entered the restroom, saying ‘Why is ‘it’ in there?”
Tate immediately sought out other employees to address the transphobic incident and has been in contact with Gold Strike casino management. The casino management claimed they were investigating the matter, but haven’t been in contact with Tate since December.
Tate says while the Gold Strike management has been apologetic about the incident, has offered her free plays and hotel stays, what she wants most, the firing of the transphobic security guard, hasn’t happened.
MGM Resorts, who owns the Tunica casino in question, sent this statement to WREG-TV
“Inclusion is a core value for MGM Resorts, and all security officers are trained on our company’s policy of allowing guests to utilize public restrooms based on the gender with which they identify. Unfortunately, the security officer involved in this incident did not respond appropriately. The security officer in question was immediately corrected, the policy was clarified to the guest by a supervisor at the time of the incident, and the security officer involved was disciplined accordingly. We sincerely regret this incident and have apologized to the guest. We hope for the opportunity to make up for her poor guest experience
“This incident does not represent our values or the conduct of employees across our company. Our employees train extensively on our policies, and we will continue to reiterate and emphasize our commitment to inclusion and our focus on treating guests appropriately. Our goal, as always, is to ensure all guests feel welcome and have a safe and enjoyable experience.”
Nice sentiment. But until that message is sent with the firing of the security guard in question that transphobia isn’t tolerated, and there are consequences for those who engage in it, these will be nothing but empty words