In a statement released last Tuesday, the Valkyrie management issued an apology to Veejay, clarifying that they do not discriminate against trans individuals. “The club does not refuse entry on the basis of an individual’s sexual orientation. The club has, on many previous occasions, welcomed transgender guests into its premises.”
The incident was supposedly a case of security personnel “merely adhering to safety policies and guidelines.”
“In my day, we had many complaints about crossdressers throwing themselves at our male guests, elbowing our female guests and inversely, we would have violence against this type of crossdresser when men would find out that they were not what they were portraying themselves as,” recalls Aslie. She compromised with a dress code policy that she hoped would maintain peace among genders.
Aslie adds that it isn’t just transgenders who face bans. “In my career, I have turned away a much larger percentage (90 percent) of straight people than transgender people.”
Gender discrimination or blatant case of elitism?
It’s a question that’s crossed the minds of many people—cisgender included—who were rejected, based on the arbitrary rules of exclusivity these clubs endorse.
Denying Veejay entry on the basis of “crossdressing” validates the regressive Old Boys’ club philosophy that still runs deep in many establishments today.
Why are we surprised that clubs like Valkyrie hold sexist policies anyway? And why are we hanging LGBT progress on the doorknob of what is clearly a non-progressive club?
Support the establishments who represent your values: whether it’s equal rights for LGBT or any other cause you hold dear. Because at the end of the day, commercial entities answer to one thing: the siren call of cash.
Let your money do the talking, kids, so these right-wing, conformist clubs can finally hear it loud and clear.