Transgendered man denied entrance to nightclub

Published: Feb. 14, 2014 at 11:35 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 28, 2014 at 11:37 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Shreveport man says he was denied access to a local night club because he was dressed like a woman. Ladarrell Young identifies as transgendered, and is claiming he was the victim of discrimination by Kokopellis nightclub in an incident that occurred last Saturday.

"They don't want transexuals coming in to the club dressed like females no more," says Ladarrell Young. Young says when he went to Kokopellis Nightclub in Shreveport he was told he could not come in. He says he was told to go home and come back dressed like a man. "I was embarrassed," says Young.

The nightclub does not have a dress code policy listed, but it does have a sign requiring proper identification. "If you don't match your ID...If you don't look like the ID as it shows the picture, then we cannot allow you in by the state's law," says Kokopellis owner Chad Fangue. The club owner did not want to comment on Young's specific case. Young says the night he went to the club he was dressed as a woman, and in his state issued I.D. he is also dressed like a woman.

According to Shreveport's "Be Fair Ordinance," created to protect those in the LBGT community from discrimination, it says "It is unlawful to discriminate against any person by refusing, withholding, or denying services offered by a public facility."

KSLA News 12 is waiting to hear back from the City Attorney to verify if this part of the ordinance applies to the private businesses like Kokopellis.

The organization People Advocating Change and Equality (P.A.C.E) did offer this statement: "If anyone feels under the local fairness ordinance that they have been discriminated against in public accommodations, they will be able to file a grievance once the commission that hears those grievances is formed."

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