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Grand Slam! – Denny’s Restaurant Reverses Discriminatory Transgender Restroom Policy In Maine

Denny’s restaurant corporation in Maine has reversed its current restroom policy and will  now permit all customers to use restrooms consistent with their gender identities.

The agreement, announced on Monday, is the result of a lawsuit brought by Brianna Freeman against the chain’s Auburn, Maine restaurant after Freeman was denied access to the women’s restroom.

In 2007, Brianna Freeman , was a regular customer of Denny’s restaurant. During visits there, she had regularly used the women’s bathroom without objection and had even met with the restaurant manager to explain her situation. But, that October, the manager told her that he’d gotten a complaint that she, a male, had used the women’s restroom.

The manager told Freeman that, since she had not yet undergone a transsexual operation and wasn’t considered a biological female, she would have to use the men’s room in the future.

Freeman filed a complaint with the Maine Human Rights Commission in 2009, claiming the restaurant had discriminated against her based on her sexual orientation. The agency’s investigator found reasonable grounds for the basis of the complaint and, when the two sides couldn’t reach agreement later that year, Freeman filed suit in Androscoggin County Superior Court.

Last year, Denny’s sought to dismiss the case but, in ruling against the restaurant chain, Justice William Brodrick wrote that the Maine Human Rights Act is aimed at preventing discrimination in public accommodation on account of sexual orientation, finding that Freeman had “adequately plead a claim that Denny’s prohibited her from using the women’s restroom because of her sexual orientation.”

Brodrick’s ruling cleared the way for the case to proceed to trial, and during the past year attorneys for Denny’s and Freeman, including Freeman’s local attorney Jeffrey Neil Young of McTeague Higbee in Topsham, worked to negotiate a settlement.

According to Brian Mesley, a spokesman for Rockport-based Realty Resources Hospitality, “we recognize and support Ms. Freeman’s gender transition over the past three and a half years.”

For Freeman, the bottom line is, “for me and other transgender patrons is that Denny’s has welcomed us to use the restroom that is consistent with how we live our lives. That makes good sense, any other rule is just not workable for anyone.”

Source: The Sun Journal

Waiter Stabbed Because He Was Gay In Santa Maria, CA

A waiter who worked at a Denny’s was stabbed early Thursday morning after Curtis Martin, 24 ,(pictured left and looking every bit like a skinhead) knocked on the closed Santa Maria restaurant window and asked to use the restroom. He was let in and approached a table of employees and asked the victim if he was gay.

After the victim said he was gay, Martin began stabbing him in the neck and throat.using a knife he had brought with him,

Martin ran to his vehicle and was seen fleeing the scene westbound on Main Street, police said. His vehicle was located a short time later and Martin was arrested and booked for attempted murder and committing a hate crime

The victim was transported to Marian Medical Center by ambulance for treatment. The injuries were not life-threatening and he’s expected to fully recover.

What a crappy insane country we live in and the longer they drag out granting us full and equal rights there will be more hatred and violence from the other side.