Sep. 24th, 2011

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This article discusses the recent request by the management of Trails End Farmers Market in London to one of their vendors to either get rid of the transgender employees working at the booth, or find another farmers market to vend at. According to the booth owner, the manager of the farmers market offered as his explanation "This is a family place, a family market and this just isn't right."

When called, the owner of the market said that it "wasn't discrimination", it was just about "which washroom these people would go to". Excuse me while I shake my head to get my eyes back into position; unfortunately, they got a bit stuck when I gave that the eyeroll it deserves.

There's a petition linked to from the story and also a piece about it on Jezebel. The booth owner is filing a case with the Ontario Human Rights Commission and I wish her success with it. I've never been to the market, and I'm now really glad about that.

As an aside, kudos to AM 980 News for consistently getting Dani's gender designation correct. Yay for respectful news outlets!

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