We’ve been told that gender is mutable, a matter of social constructs, but who knew that one of the criteria by which one can select one’s identification is . . . happy hour drink prices? In St. Petersburg a transgendered person was denied a drink special on Ladies Night, and you know how the rest of it played out:
A St. Petersburg bar landed in hot water recently after a transgender woman was told she could not receive discounted drinks on “ladies night.”
The bar, Bishop Tavern & Lounge, was quick to apologize on its Facebook page after a protest group formed on the same social networking site.
But wait. Here’s the wrinkle: the person denied a discounted drink had switched from female to male.
Though Borrego was initially offered discounted beverages as part of the bar’s promotion, a bouncer came over and told them they were cut off from the deals “because [they're] dudes.”
Her driver’s license lists her as a female, but showing her ID did not help her cause. Eventually, the group left.
“Legally, I’m a woman,” she told the Times. “And to deny me to participate in ladies night — that’s very disrespectful.”
The rules of engagement for bartenders are becoming as tortured as the ones for soldiers in a theater of war.