The management of Yah Yahs tackled the issue right away by apologizing to the public, especially to Simona Castricum. They reiterated that she’s always welcome to the bar and that the security officer will be reprimanded. Furthermore, the management said they would educate all their workers to ensure that an incident like this doesn’t happen again. The security guard who refused Castricum to use the women’s bathroom has also apologized.
Trans people often face adversity from a young age. According to the Human Rights Campaign, trans people are often rejected by their families. As a result, they indulge in activities and behavior that harm their health, trigger depression, and lead to a host of mental health problems. In extreme cases, familial rejection can lead to homelessness and suicide. Coming out as transgender is anything but easy. From a young age, trans people suffer from gender dysmorphia and are frequently taunted at school or by people who don’t know better.
The LGBTQ+ community has made great strides in the last decade. A significant milestone in the movement was when gay marriage was legalized in countries like Canada, Sweden, and Norway, to name a few. In 2015, the US Supreme Court also made marriage equality a federal law. Opinion in America was very polarized, so the bill passing was a big step for the LGBTQ community. The movement has won many victories, but incidents like the one faced by Simona Castricum prove that there’s still more work to be done.