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Lesbian booted from NYC bar for looking too masculine

I can’t believe this nonsense happened in NYC, and even worse — in the West Village. A woman went into the ladies room at a restaurant after the city’s Pride celebration and was declared insufficiently feminine to be in there, even after she showed ID to the bouncer.

Khadijah Farmer, 27, said the incident happened June 24 at Caliente Cab Company on Seventh Avenue South, where she had gone with her girlfriend and another friend to have dinner after the march.

Farmer said she was using the women’s bathroom when a male bouncer burst in and banged on the stall door, saying a customer had complained that there was a man in the women’s room.

“I said, ‘I am a woman and I am where I am supposed to be,”’ Farmer said. “I offered to show him some identification. I was told that’s neither here nor there.”

This is insanely demeaning — and a bad move by the restaurant, because NYC law prevents discrimination based on gender identity or expression.

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