Friday, March 11, 2016

Barber Refuses to Cut Trans Man's Hair // Claims His Reigious Liberties Would Be Violated

Earlier this week, I got into another debate over whether or not LGBT people should speak up when they perceive discrimination at the hands of anti-gay businesses, particularly in states or communities that expressly forbid discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. This was seen by the other person as an issue that's pretty much exclusive to same-sex weddings and we don't want to force people to participate in gay weddings against their will.

Of course, what's the point in going through the motions of barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation if one gets criticized for filing a complaint with his local or statewide civil rights commission when they encounter blatant discrimination?

Also, we get told all of the time that this is all about being forced to participate in same-sex weddings. Which it's not. It's just that same-sex weddings seem to bring out some of the more blatant examples of anti-gay sentiment.

It's gotten so bad that you can't even get a haircut without violating somebody's religious liberties! Case in point, a trans man tried getting his hair cut at a Rancho Cucamonga, CA, barbershop, but got turned away because this violates the barber's religious beliefs:
When Kendal Oliver booked an appointment at a Southern California barbershop to have his hair cut, the Army veteran who served six years in Afghanistan didn't expect to be turned away.

Oliver, who said he identifies as "more of a man than a woman, was refused service by The Barbershop in Rancho Cucamonga.

"I have religious convictions that prevent me from cutting women's hair," said owner Richard Hernandez.

Hernandez said he belongs to the Church of God and his religious beliefs do not allow him to cut any woman's hair, even if they identify themselves as a man...

"People go against what God has created, you start getting everything all out of whack," he said. "It's a shame for a man to have long hair, but if a woman has long hair, it's her glory and it speaks to being given to her as her covering, and I don't want to be one who is taking away from her glory."
Keep in mind that California bars discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

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