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The weekend was supposed to be one long bachelorette party, kicked off with dinner and dancing at Cuba Libre, a lively Cuban restaurant and rum bar in downtown Washington.

Charlotte Clymer and “a large group of girlfriends” had converged at the restaurant Friday night to enjoy its club atmosphere and celebrate the upcoming wedding of two of their friends.

And it did get off to a festive start — at first.

Clymer wrote on Facebook. “Lots of dancing and drinking and hanging out with great people.”

That was posted after the night took a turn, following what Clymer calls an act of “blatant discrimination” at the restaurant that resulted in a call to police and ultimately caught the attention of the city’s mayor.

Sometime close to midnight Friday, Clymer made her way with a friend through Cuba Libre’s crowded hallways to use the women’s restroom. Before she could enter, however, Clymer said a male attendant stopped her — and her only — to request her ID.

“When I asked why, he said that ‘female’ must be on an ID to use the women’s restroom,” Clymer wrote. “I told him that’s nonsense, turned on my heel, and continued into the restroom.”

Clymer, a transgender woman who works as an activist and spokeswoman with the Human Rights Campaign, which advocates for LGBTQ equality, knew she was in the right. Nevertheless, the male attendant followed after her into the women’s restroom.

“I go into a stall to do my business, and I hear him walk in and search for me in this busy restroom full of women,” Clymer wrote. “He is doing everything but opening the stall doors.”

Even after she had finished, Clymer said the male attendant was waiting for her outside the restroom. This time, he had Cuba Libre’s manager with him, who also insisted there was a D.C. law that backed up the attendant’s belief. The manager demanded to see Clymer’s ID, even after she repeatedly told him there was no such law.

Clymer refused to show her ID. An uncomfortable standoff ensued. The hallways were crammed, and people were beginning to notice them, she said.

“A part of me was already going into gaslight territory,” Clymer told The Washington Post in an interview Sunday morning. “I knew what I was talking about. I work on [these issues] all the time. But the more insistent he was, the more doubt crept into my mind.”

Clymer said she stepped outside of the restaurant to collect her thoughts. On her phone, she pulled up the actual law regarding restrooms, Washington’s Human Rights Act, which dictates “personnel must respect a person’s restroom choice based on their gender identification or expression.”

Clymer brought it back inside to show the manager, imagining it might put an end to the debate. Perhaps, she thought, it might even elicit an apology.

Instead, the manager doubled down on his position.

“He had the exact opposite reaction, very condescending and dismissive,” Clymer said. The manager refused to believe the text she had showed him was true, but also never produced “this imaginary law he was citing,” she said.

He ultimately threatened to call the police.

“I told him he should absolutely call the cops,” Clymer wrote. “Please do. He then said I need to leave.”

Clymer said she felt like crying as she stood outside. By now, their dispute had attracted a small crowd. Clymer said several restaurant patrons offered support — some leaving Cuba Libre in solidarity — or tried to intervene with the manager, to no avail.

Despite his threat to call the police, the manager never did — and shortly afterward, one of Clymer’s friends said she had witnessed another gender-nonbinary person get asked for ID at the restroom, moments after Clymer had been confronted.

There were two trans/non-binary people in my bachelorette party group at @CubaLibreDC last night.

Both of them were aggressively asked to show ID before entering the women’s bathroom.

I am furious.

— Emily Crockett (@emilycrockett) June 23, 2018
That was the last straw, Clymer said. After some deliberation, she called the police.

“I went to a place of anger that I do not visit often. Something had to be done. I’m not the kind of person who calls cops, but at that point, I didn’t know what else to do,” Clymer wrote. “In D.C., a city celebrated for its LGBTQ culture, inclusivity, and protections, it stunned me that a business could so openly discriminate against transgender people.”

Clymer praised the police response and said officers showed up within minutes to reassure her the law was on her side.

“The D.C. police could not have been more professional. They arrived on the scene, were immediately a calming presence, immediately took reports,” she told The Post. “I could not have asked for a better experience with the police.”

Many more restaurant patrons by then had also caught wind of what had happened and offered their support, Clymer said.

One woman named Mystic, a Cirque du Soleil dancer from Russia, came up to me, took my face in her hands and said: "The is the kind of bullshit Putin does. You are so beautiful. You are gorgeous." She gave me a hug and then did a standing split to make me laugh.

— Charlotte Clymer️‍ (@cmclymer) June 23, 2018
Nevertheless, Clymer said she is aware that the same encounter could have ended very differently for those who are not “white, aware of the law and connected to people who can help.” She struggled with whether to publicize what had happened and, after some encouragement from her friends, decided to post about her experience to social media on Saturday.

“I woke up Saturday morning and I felt really naive,” Clymer said. “I felt naive thinking this just wouldn’t happen in a city like D.C. The more I thought about it, the more I felt like . . . folks in D.C. need to know that this happens to LGBTQ people.”

Her posts drew a response from Cuba Libre’s executives, who apologized for the incident and said its staff would be immediately retrained. The letter also said Cuba Libre’s chief executive wanted to speak with Clymer.

“It is particularly disappointing that this has occurred during Pride month when we’re undertaking efforts & events to support the LGBTQ community,” the letter stated.

The restaurant said in a statement Sunday it would not be commenting further until the chief executive had had a chance to speak with Clymer.

Clymer also received supportive tweets from many prominent public figures, including D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) and former first daughter Chelsea Clinton.

.@cmclymer, I’m so sorry this happened to you. While I’m glad to hear that @DCPoliceDept were there to represent our true #DCValues, we won’t accept this type of discrimination in Washington, DC. It’s not just illegal, it’s against all we stand for.

— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) June 23, 2018
I am so sorry Charlotte this happened. Not remotely a reflection on you. Thank you for sharing this painful story. As ever, your grace and bravery shine through. Hope you have a great rest of the weekend with your girlfriends.

— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 23, 2018
As of early Saturday afternoon, Clymer said she had not yet spoken with Cuba Libre’s executives and was trying to enjoy the remainder of her friend’s bachelorette weekend. She has vowed to explore legal options against Cuba Libre this week for what she describes as “blatant discrimination.”

On Monday, I will begin pursuing all available legal options against @CubaLibreDC. If the manager had apologized when I showed him the law and committed to doing better, I'd still be angry, but we wouldn't be here. He didn't do that. He did the exact opposite.

— Charlotte Clymer️‍ (@cmclymer) June 23, 2018
“I’m just worried this is going to happen to someone who doesn’t have the privilege that I have,” Clymer told The Post. “I don’t think they would have felt so confident calling the cops or challenging [the restaurant] in public.”
A "woman" named Charlotte was about to go to the women's washroom in a DC but was stopped and was told to have to show ID and prove she was a female. Charlotte knew that was a lie so the he/she still went in anyways and was kicked out after refusing to show ID. There is no law, I beleive other articles might mention that some women were uncomfortable with his presence but I couldn't find it after re-looking.

She called the police citing discrimination and the law was on her side and she had this to say:
Nevertheless, Clymer said she is aware that the same encounter could have ended very differently for those who are not “white, aware of the law and connected to people who can help.” Because only white people can call the police.

EDIT: I think Charlotte was asked for ID proof in case "Charlotte" was actually a "Charles" who wanted to spy on women.

"Her" full name is Charlotte Clymer:

She has been compared to a modern Rosa Parks:
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I can put whatever I want in your mouth
No-effort trannies have no ground to stand on. If they were doing it right, no one would even be skeptical enough to ask for ID proof.
It always amuses me that feminists who normally decry "traditional female beauty standards" will applaud troons who live up to that exact image. Doesn't exactly seem like a very consistent standard IMO, almost as if they're admitting troons aren't real women.

“Charlotte” comes off as a pushy asshole and very shrill.

Man, this situations gotten really bad, hasn’t it? Trannies being loud and obnoxious and raising a ruckus just for the sake of raising a ruckus, and for an utterly empty cause. Why can’t they do something useful with themselves, is it that hard?


Mercenary Slut
True & Honest Fan

Charlotte is famous male feminist Charles who was an all round creeper. Not happy with telling women how to feminist he is now being a better woman than they ever could be. All it took was a hat and some lipstick. He only trooned out in January or so this year.
Old thread with his social media etc
I remember when Clymer was bitching about being an incel before trooning out, this is no surprise at all.


True & Honest Fan
Charlotte is famous male feminist Charles who was an all round creeper. Not happy with telling women how to feminist he is now being a better woman than they ever could be. All it took was a hat and some lipstick. He only trooned out in January or so this year.
Old thread with his social media etc
Thank you, I was thinking the same thing. He trooned out specifically because he resented the way feminists valued female opinions more than his. He creepily raged at individual women about it and was shocked when that made the feminists like him even less. Instead of concluding that he had a problem with feminism he trooned out. It's worked pretty well so far TBH, non terf feminists are dumb af. I would not be surprised if he manufactured this situation for sympathy.

The Jumping Dwarf

I'm offendered if misgendered
Charlotte is famous male feminist Charles who was an all round creeper. Not happy with telling women how to feminist he is now being a better woman than they ever could be. All it took was a hat and some lipstick. He only trooned out in January or so this year.
Old thread with his social media etc
Why is the thread locked? He sounds like a total cow. Apparently he's a male feminist who virtue-signalled for years until he was called out by the community for being a creepy douche and decided to troon out in order to deflect criticism.

"You can't call me an oppressive white male if I'm actually a translesbian soul!"


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