What happens in Vegas, could get you kicked out of Vegas. That's what happened to one trans women who committed the heinous crime of using the women's restroom at The Cosmopolitan casino. After the woman, known as Stephanie, used the bathroom at four in morning, she was met by security guards who asked if she was "working" (that's code for "prostitute," which she wasn't). They then demanded to see her ID, which legally listed her as male. Upon seeing that gender-bending info, they issued a document banning her from the casino for life and if she returned she'd be arrested for trespassing.
Obviously, a lot of things are messed up about this incident. Last time I checked using a restroom for your assumed gender is not a crime. In New York, where Stephanie's from, the law even specifically dictates that people can use bathrooms for whichever gender they identify with. Secondly, the guards assumed she was a sex worker simply for being a trans woman in a casino at four in morning. And thirdly, The Cosmopolitan has marketed itself as a LGBT-friendly environment and even has a certificate that requires it offer "LGBT diversity and sensitivity training for employees." Looks like a huge fail on their part.
The hotel has since recognized the error of their ways, and is welcoming Stephanie back into the casino (though I can't imagine she'd want to come back) and has offered this meager apology:
We sincerely regret any misunderstanding or inappropriate actions that any member of our staff may have taken. And to ensure increased sensitivity within this area, the organization will focus on continued training and on-going awareness initiatives. In addition, we apologize to the individual guest and welcome her back to the resort anytime. We would like to apologize to the LGBT community and anyone concerned and hope to demonstrate our firm dedication to fair and unbiased treatment of all.
Let's hope they live up their promise.