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Re: “Heated Forum Leads Pride Center to Denounce 'Mister Sister' Name

I too find the bar's name offensive. I also found the behavior of a few attendees offensive. I expected adults having a rational discussion about a bar's name. Instead, I found a few people, who were very angry, attacking the opinion of others. They even attacked other trans people, like me, who were not like them. Is passing/Stealth a bad thing? Please define it. Is it when people stop staring and harrassing? All this anger over the name of a bar. The owner wasn't calling you by this name. Did he beat you? I would be willing to wager that the owner had no idea he was offending trans people. That name may be perfectly acceptable in the gay/drag community. He needed to hear from us, not be attacked by us. Negative Facebook comments amount to a public lashing that threatened Mr. McGaughan. I highly doubt he means to have a bar for gay people, but not for trans people. He probably reacted by defending himself, wouldn't we all? I think what we all need is a little forgiveness, for ourselves, the board, Mr. McGaughan, and everyone else. I applaud Ms. O'Neill for attending. It took courage. She had two escorts to her car. That doesn't sound like she felt safe! She seemed very pleasant when I spoke with her. Rational voices can go a long way. I hope Mr. McGaughan reconsiders the name, but he is well within his legal right not to. Please let cooler heads prevail. Thank you

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Posted by CarolVT on 03/03/2017 at 5:03 PM

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