(Sunday Sun) A TRANSSEXUAL has demanded an apology after she was ejected from a North pub for trying to use the ladies’ toilets.
Shocked Amy Laverick, who has lived as a woman for a year, was enjoying a night out with a friend at the Dog and Parrot in Newcastle city centre.
But the celebrations turned sour when pub management took offence when she tried to join her pal in the female loos.
The 34-year-old, from North Shields, North Tyneside, was outraged by her treatment when door staff ordered her off the premises on a busy Saturday night.
Amy, who visited the pub regularly, said: “I went in with a friend at about 11pm and we ordered some drinks.
“I went to go to the toilet but a man who said he was the licence holder of the pub stood in front of the door.
“He told me not to go in there. I replied in no uncertain terms that he had no right to stop me using the loo.
“He informed me I was wrong, but I told him I was within my rights and walked into the toilet.”
But when Amy emerged she was asked to leave by a doorman.
She managed to persuade him to allow her to speak to her friend first before the pair were then escorted onto the street.
Amy said that door staff told her she was seen as a possible threat to other women using the toilet.
Amy added: “It was a horrible end to a great night. While we were outside we got talking to the doorman.”
“He told us I hadn’t been asked not to use the toilets because I was a transexual but because I was seen as a threat to other women.
“I have no idea what he meant, I’m not into women, I’ve lived as a woman for a year, and I have a boyfriend.
“I always use the female toilets when I am out, and I’ve never come across this kind of behaviour. People have been incredibly accepting of me since I made the decision to become a woman. I am shocked and upset.”
Dog and Parrott manager Sam Marshall claimed the only reason Amy was ejected was because she became aggressive.
“I was trying to be very politically correct and polite to her,” he said. “I asked her very discretely to check if there was anybody in the female toilets before going in, or to consider using a cubicle in the gents.
“She wasn’t having any of this and became very abusive to me and my staff. That’s the only reason she was asked to leave.
“The same would have happened to anyone, under bar policy, if they become aggressive.
“This was nothing to do with her being a transsexual. I have to think of the comfort and well being of all the people on the premises.”