Vermont bar ‘Mister Sister’ renamed after being accused of transphobia

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The “Mister Sister” bar in Winooski is run by Craig McGaughan. As we previously reported, the transgender women of Vermont felt humiliated by the name branding it transphobic, although the bar owner said there is no transphobia and the name could mean only that all misters and sisters are welcomed. But one trans woman wrote a very kind letter explaining to the owner that the problem is not in him, in the bar and in the name of the bar. It is something deeper and much more serious. “She sent me link to many messages from folks claiming to support MS using public forums to create hate toward the trans community. I am a trans ally and when faced with the fact that this issue has created a platform for trans people to be blatantly abused, I had to act,” Craig McGaughan wrote on Facebook. “I’m outraged that anyone has attacked the trans community under the guise of supporting me or the bar. I can proudly say that I have never seen or heard any of this behaviour inside the four walls of the bar and no one that works there, performs there or regularly visits would tolerate this,” he added. He finished the statement by apologising to the trans community and insisting that he would be working with the local Pride centre to devise a name which would be more welcoming- The Bridge Club.

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