The restaurant has recently released a statement and an apology.
A trans woman was refused service at a Dallas gay bar on Thursday night which resulted in the termination of the manager.
Blair Jirousek was with friends at JR’s Bar & Grill when she went to order a drink but was refused service. The group was confused as to why she was not allowed to order but stayed anyway to support a performer friend.
Daniel Heredia, who was with Jirousek wrote on Facebook:
“When we asked for an explanation he wouldn’t give us one. He wouldn’t even bother talking to us or explaining. Nothing. Blair is 23. Her ID is real but has her boy name on it since she has not been able to legally change it yet. All of her cards have the same name on it. Everything in her wallet points to her being a real person. We tried explaining that and CARTER [the manager] had no interest in even trying to listen. It all felt like it stemmed from transphobia.”
According to Queerty, things got a little more heated when another friend joined them but was also refused service because he was a part of Jirousek's group. They were eventually thrown out by a security guard.
JR's has since fired the manager and are investigating the actions of the security guard. The bar has released a statement:
Early this morning, we were notified of an incident that occurred at JR’s Bar & Grill last night involving a staff member and several of our patrons. While our employees take every measure to ensure the safety of both staff and patrons, any actions that are deemed contra to our beliefs and values as a company will not be tolerated.
After reviewing the situation and gathering statements from the parties involved, the company has chosen to terminate the employee in question effective immediately.
We are against discrimination of any kind, and work diligently with all employees to ensure that our bar is a welcoming space for everyone to celebrate. We respect and value people from all communities and will continue to advocate for diversity and inclusivity.
Videos of the incident were posted to social media and can be found HERE.