A trans DJ was left humiliated after being forced out of a woman restroom in a club by a security guard.
The nightclub has since spoken out. Here's the full story...
Now, this kind of news proves that although we have come so far in terms of discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community...
The fight is far from over.
For centuries, the LGBTQ+ community has been wrongfully discriminated against.
Meaning many people who identify in such a way haven't felt the confidence to come out and embrace their true selves.
But, as the years have trickled by...
The fight for acceptance and equality has grown.
Since the birth of Gay Pride in 1969, millions have marched for gay rights...
And the movement is showing no signs of slowing down today.
We've definitely come a long way.
Here in the States, the LGBTQ+ community is bigger and prouder than ever before.
In Congress, we now have a number of openly-gay and trans congressmen and women...
And, in 2015, the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage as a legal right across the country.
Obviously, this was a landmark moment in the community's fight for equality.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that the plaintiffs asked "for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."
Fast forward 6 years, and the community is thriving...
But sadly, we still face issues in terms of acceptance...
A trans musician was recently left humiliated after being forced out of a women's restroom by a security guard...
Who claimed "You're a man"...
And after hearing the story, people are outraged.
Simona Castricum, an Australian musician and DJ, was stopped from using the woman's bathroom while at a nightclub in Melbourne.
As per The Age, Castricum said that a "male security guard stood in the doorway of the women's bathroom and pointed at me and yelled at me quite aggressively 'out of the bathroom'."
"You're a man, go to the men's bathroom now," the security guard said.
While she replied, "I'm a woman, I'm a trans woman."
Owner's of the venue, Yah Yah's, admitted to the incident and vowed to better train security guards on trans-inclusive policies.
But for Castricum, the damage is already done.
"It really is such an indignity to have your gender questioned in front of an entire bathroom full of people," she said.
"It's also really frightening. Yah Yah's has obviously got a problem. It's incumbent on the management to make sure that the message gets down to security."
But despite this, she isn't looking for people to "cancel" the bar, instead she hopes it will encourage education and action.
"Rather than a name and shame, cancel [or] call-out, I'm looking at Yah Yah's to lead by example, commit to education and accountability and change their culture so that any trans and gender diverse person on any night will feel safe as the venue moves forward," she said.
James Young, co-owner of the nightclub, acknowledged the "embarrassing" issue and pledged to educate staff.
"The guard was reprimanded and he apologised to the guest. Simona is a very welcome guest," he said.
Speaking of the training they will now provide with Transgender Victoria, he added: "It's vital, and not just at workplaces that happen to be running a gay night, it's all workplaces, it's universal training."
"This is a very embarrassing incident for me and the bar, and we have to welcome it as a learning experience with something very positive to come out of it."
While Victorian Pride Lobby, an LGBT+ campaign group, told The Age that it was disappointed the incident occurred.
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