Trans New Yorkers sue the chicken shop for a refusal to serve them

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Five transgender and gender non-conforming women attempted to order food at Texas Chicken and Burgers in Harlem in May, but the employee told them that the items they wanted were unavailable by that moment, which was a lie. One member of the group captured video footage of the incident on their mobile phone. Deja Smith, who works as a make-up artist, said that a cis man sitting next to them ordered the same thing and was given the order. She wrote on Instagram: “Today we stood up to speak truth to power, and combat the discrimination we faced at #TexasChickenAndBurgers.” Laverne Cox shared the video shot by Smith (the two are friends and Smith works for Cox), that she feels terrible that such things happened to her friends, but what is even more terrible is that such things happen with her transgender sisters of color (sisters not in biological meaning) every single day and nobody sees it. The group announced the lawsuit outside the historic Stonewall Inn. Texas Chicken and Burgers gave a statement stating it was “confident” that the employee behaved wrongly towards the victims, but he probably had no intent to discriminate against them.

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