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Cannabis dispensary owner hounds trans man over his ‘parts’ in disturbing video

Vic Parsons August 7, 2021
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Trans man Dev said he was barred from using the men's bathrooms at the 420 Bank and Dispensary.

The inside of the 420 Bank and Dispensary in Palm Springs, California, where Dev alleges he was barred from using the men's restrooms. (Screenshot/YouTube/KESQ NewsChannel 3)

A cannabis dispensary in California refused to let a trans man use the bathroom after the co-owner asked him “what parts” he had.

Dev, the trans man who filmed the incident and shared it on TikTok, where it’s gone viral, said he goes to the dispensary in Palm Springs, California, often and had hoped that the incident could be resolved quickly so he could continue using it.

The transphobic incident began when he showed his ID, which has a male gender marker but his deadname, to co-owner Julie Montante, according to LGBTQ Nation.

Dev was asking to use the bathroom at the 420 Bank and Dispensary when Montante called him “aggressive”.

Trans man asked ‘what parts do you have’

The video shows another employee coming over and misgendering him. Montante then asked him: “What parts do you have? Do you have male parts?”

When Dev responded by saying it was “none of your business”, Montante continued by saying that meant he was “female”, adding: “You’re going to be looking at men’s parts and we can’t have that.

Blocking Dev from the bathroom, Montante said, was “for your protection because it’s not safe for you to go in there because you’re a female”.

“Try to get over whatever is bothering you,” Montante says.

“The way you’re treating me is what’s bothering me,” Dev responds.

Montante goes on to say that she works for an LGBT+ organisation, and Dev says that she should be fired “because what you’re doing right now is extremely transphobic”.

Montante reportedly went on to say that Dev could use the men’s bathrooms if there were no other men in there, which was the case when he eventually went in.

@devroyal100Kicked out & banned from @fourtwentybank in Palm Springs CA for trying to use the mens bathroom as a transman 😓😡 #discrimination #lgbtq #stitch #ftm♬ original sound – Dev

The 420 Bank and Dispensary has been contacted for comment.

Related topics: trans man, transphobia

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