A Canadian transgender woman was barred from trying on wedding dresses after the owners of a boutique refused to give her service.
Rohit Singh was reportedly refused service at Jenny’s Bridal Boutique.
The owner claimed to be under the impression that Singh was a man and turned her away in protection of the other customers’ comfort level, reports suggested.
“She said, ‘Sorry we don’t allow men to wear dresses here’,” Singh said in published comments. “I said, I’m not a man, I’m transgender,” she was reported as saying.
In an attempt to prevent this from happening to anyone else, Singh plans on filing a formal complaint with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission.
Singh reported that she and her husband were embarrassed by the discrimination they received from the store owner.
Canada’s House of Commons recently passed an anti-discrimination bill to protect transgender individuals from discrimination of this kind.
The bill, however, still must pass the Senate before becoming law.
Regardless, the owner of Jenny’s Bridal Boutique, who remained anonymous, is sticking with her decision in refusing the customer.
“He looked like a man. There was quite a few brides in the store. If you see a man trying on dresses, you’re going to feel uncomfortable,” the store owner was reported as saying by Gay Star News.