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• Scottsdale bar installs new bathroom for transgender woman

I’m not even going to comment on this. I think my position will be obvious. I’ll let you do the talking. This story happened about a week or maybe 2 weeks ago and I’m just getting to it now. Let the outrage ensue… I guarantee a midget group will demand their own smaller version next.

Scottsdale club settles transgender dispute

500-dscn0551.jpg A $5 sign and a face-to-face meeting led to a settlement of a year-long dispute over transgender rights and a downtown Scottsdale bar’s bathroom.

Michele deLaFreniere, a transgender woman, and Tom Anderson, owner of Anderson’s Fifth Estate, met this past weekend to resolve their remaining differences in the bathroom dispute.

DeLaFreniere agreed to drop her civil rights complaint against Anderson.

Anderson set up a single-stall restroom available to any patron.

“It cost me about $5 for a (bathroom) sign, and add many more zeroes to that for what I owe my attorney,” Anderson said Tuesday, adding that he was relieved the end the matter.

A year ago, Anderson barred deLaFreniere and some of her friends from his downtown Scottsdale nightclub after complaints from women about men in dresses standing up to use toilets in the women’s restroom.

DeLaFreniere filed a sex-discrimination complaint against Anderson with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, which was investigating the matter.

Equality Arizona, a civil rights group representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, stepped in to try to negotiate a settlement and set up a meeting Friday between deLaFreniere and Anderson.

“They did find common ground,” said Sam Holdren of Equality Arizona.

‘Like coming home’
DeLaFreniere accepted Anderson’s invitation and returned to Anderson’s Fifth Estate on Saturday night.

“It was like coming home,” she said.

DeLaFreniere credited Anderson with setting up last week’s meeting to resolve the dispute.

Two weeks ago, Equality Arizona announced that it had given up trying to settle the matter. That, despite Anderson’s move to install the unisex bathroom.

At that time, however, Anderson would not agree to allow deLaFreniere to return to Anderson’s Fifth Estate, and deLaFreniere would not agree to drop her complaint, according to Holdren.

Equality Arizona credited
Anderson gave credit to Equality Arizona for its ongoing efforts to settle the dispute.

“I have a better understanding of (deLaFreniere’s) position and she has a better understanding of mine,” the club owner said.

“We’ve never been about barring anybody or blocking anybody from coming in,” Anderson added.

DeLaFreniere also was relieved to settle the matter.

“It was hard on both parties,” she said.

Positive community talks
DeLaFreniere, a member of the Scottsdale Human Relations Commission and Arizona Transgender Alliance, said it was good for the community to discuss transgender rights and issues of public accommodations, even though a lot of people do not want to talk about it.

“This is an issue going on around the country,” she said, adding that it will take an ongoing effort to educate people about transgender issues.

“We are born this way,” deLaFreniere said. “We’re not freaks.”

Transgender refers to people who identify themselves with the gender opposite of their biological gender. Some choose to have sex-reassignment surgery and others opt to dress and live as the opposite gender.

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9 Comments

  1. Your Wife says:

    Gotta love Scottsdale!

  2. nicedeb says:

    Oh why don’t they stop calling him ‘her’, and ‘she’.

    If you have to stand up to go to the bathroom, you’re a dude. Period.

    Has the whole world gone mad???

  3. Amy says:

    nicedeb, not all men stand up to use the bathroom, because they don’t “have to”. Also, not all women use female names, i have a friend who prefers to be called victor, because she likes the name. However, all people have to live in this world, and we mine as well get along. Period.

  4. Ed says:

    Hey Deb, long-time no type! Amy… Ohhhh Amy… Your friend “Victor” has problems. My name is Ed, if I went to my friends, I have many, and told them I wish to be called Sally they would slap me about the face, neck and chest. You’re wrong we don’t have to get along. We just have to stop giving in to ridiculous lawsuits and not letting the good of the few control the wants of the many. This was nothing more than this tranny’s goal of “giving it to he man” so to speak. There are other things involved with this story which I did not hit on. One thing in particular is that the tranny in question works for the City Of Phoenix, also that he stated that the plight of the transgender population, which is less than 1/2 of 1% here, is just like the civil rights movement of the 60’s. Ridiculous.

  5. nicedeb says:

    I don’t understand what point Amy was trying to make, Grubs, do you?

    Wow.

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  7. Ed says:

    I think she’s wanting us to be more tolerant and not fear the wiener.

  8. mesablue says:

    Yes, we all have to live in the world. We just don’t have to act like idiots and expect people to accommodate us.

    Freedom!

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