The scenario is slightly reminiscent of a recent episode of "Pose."
What was supposed to be a celebration among queer friends for Downtown L.A.’s Proud Fest turned ugly this past Friday when a group was ejected from a local bar prompting speculation of a hate crime.
The three friends, two trans and one gay man representing Bienestar Human Services were having a good time at Las Perlas bar when they claim a transphobic couple came up to their table and spouted hate speech, including transphobia.
According to New Now Next, Los Angeles Police Officer Drake Madison said the heated exchange turned worse when security from the bar grabbed the victims and, using force, ejected them from the building. The whole thing was caught on camera.
In the video you can hear one woman yell, “Don’t touch me like that!” before she is pushed into a wall.
And another woman in the video is seen confused and nearly strangled as the bouncer grabs her by the neck.
Officer Drake says that even after all involved were removed, the harassment escalated to an extreme level on the street.
“Once outside the bar, [the suspect] threatened to shoot the manager and all transgender individuals in the bar,” Madison adds. “It is being investigated as a hate crime.”
There is no word on whether the police department will investigate the venue along with the staff.
A day later the LGBT community came out in protest of the club which in response apologized on Sunday:
On Friday night there was an altercation at Las Perlas and our outside security staff removed several patrons from both sides of the altercation. Our first and primary concern, and has been from day one, is to operate a safe place for all people. Period, no exceptions. We regret that didn’t happen Friday night, and want to apologize to all of our guests including the Transgender community, a community who has come to our bar as well as works there. We are taking immediate steps to fully investigate what happened on Friday and to address each concern that we've received since then.
To begin to make this right we commit immediately to the following actions:
1. We are hiring a new security company for Las Perlas that has received sensitivity training.
2. We have retained outside counsel to review the tapes and actions from Friday night to make more specific analysis of exactly what happened and how to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
3. We are committed to working with the community and we are researching the right partner to help us move forward in the most positive way possible including staff and vendor training.
This incident is not in alignment with who we are and our intent is to prove this in action and deed, not words and hyperbole. Thank you for giving us this chance.
If you have been watching the early '90s period drama "Pose," a similar type situation happened to Blanca (Mj Rodriguez) the trans mother of House Evangelista. In that episode, Blanca was forcefully removed from a gay bar by police when she refused to leave after gay patrons complained she didn't belong there.
You can see the full video of the L.A. incident HERE.