I’m always a little amazed by blatant discrimination against anyone, especially if it’s easily documented. The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) is filing a complaint (lawsuit) today (December 7th, 2009) with the Florida Commission on Human Relations. It’s due to an Orlando McDonalds’ restaurant refusing to hire 17-year-old Zikerria Bellamy — specifically because she is transgender. And, in the process of discriminating against her, she received a voicemail message from one of the McDonalds’ managers, complete with an antigay pejorative:
“You went to (indistinguishable) McDonalds today. It doesn’t matter how many times you go down there: You will not get hired. We do not hire faggots.
“You lied to me. You told me you was a woman. And then you lied to me. You told me you were seventeen. I can’t believe you. You’re a lying brother (indistinguishable). How could you ever lie to me? We will never…”
By the way, I don’t use the the other f- word unless I’m quoting someone saying it. This is definitely a quote.
Maybe McDonalds corporate will again try to remind us that they are an lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) friendly organization, but individual restaurants seem to have a history of discriminating against LGBT people. Remember Kentucky’s “faggot” story? Remember New York’s Christina Sforza story? I do.
Let’s hope at least that McDonalds’ corporate folk jump in and fix this latest outbreak antitrans sentiment by one of their managers at their restaurants in the next two or three days. Maybe requiring new, lengthier, mandatory training for crewmembers and managers — even at their franchised restaurants — on their LGBT nondiscrimination policies?