AGLCC Statement on Incident at Sixth Street Bar

The Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) is closely monitoring the case of a local transgender woman who is accusing a Sixth Street bar of violating Austin’s nondiscrimination ordinance following a dispute over the use of one of the bar’s bathrooms.

While this case is still under investigation and has not been resolved, it does serve as a reminder that work remains in creating a truly inclusive community for LGBTQ business owners, employees and customers in Austin. We must note, however, that Austin does have a strong antidiscrimination ordinance that guarantees our rights are not violated based on sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, student status, marital status, familial status, age or source of income.

By and large, Austin businesses are LGBTQ-friendly, and AGLCC wants it to stay that way. The overall welcoming attitude of our community and the patronage of local businesses depend on it.

In that vein, AGLCC remains steadfastly opposed to any efforts by Texas legislators to discriminate against transgender people by passing the so-called “bathroom bill.” While the “bathroom bill” was thwarted during the recent Texas legislative sessions, AGLCC and our many allies continue to fight such hateful, ill-advised legislation.

The reported incident on Sixth Street is but one example of why we must forge ahead in the name of LGBTQ rights in Austin and throughout Texas.

For more information about AGLCC, visit www.aglcc.org.

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