A local transgender woman said she feels singled out after being asked for identification after she used the restroom at a local bar.
Ricki Morgan said she has identified as a woman publicly for five years.
She said she had been hanging at a local nightclub for about an hour on Saturday night when she used the women’s bathroom, as usual.
When she walked out of the bathroom, a bouncer told her the manager needed to talk to her.
“I thought you know, this is weird,” she said. “What’s going on, what have I done?”
Inside his office, the manager asked Morgan to present her driver’s license.
“I asked him what this was about, and he said that somebody had complained that there was a man in the women’s restroom,” she said. “And I said, ‘This has never been a problem before.’ And he said, ‘No it hasn’t, but it is tonight.'”
Shortly after, Morgan and her friends decided to leave, but not before she had a final conversation with the manager.
She recorded part of that conversation, which you can hear above.
The manager also offered her a separate bathroom to use in the back.
“It just kind of reminds me of the civil rights movement in the 60s,” Morgan said. “The bathrooms were segregated, water fountains were segregated. And it scares me to think our country is right back on that same track.”
She said she wants people to realize that transgender men and woman are just like everyone else.
“A lot of people think transgender people are out to cause them problems and hurt innocent people in the bathrooms, and that’s not the case,” she said. “We’re just like anybody else.”
She said she doesn’t want to use the men’s bathroom, because she’s scared of a reaction there, as well.
“What if I go into the men’s restroom and 10 guys decide they don’t want me in there, and I get hurt?” she said. “What are you going to do then?”
Morgan says the manager agreed, and by the end of the conversation, he had backed down and said they could try to work together.
We reached out to the nightclub for a comment on Monday, but didn’t receive a call back.
Morgan said she does plan on going back to the bar in the future.