Janice Allison, a transgender woman in Charlotte, says she wants to feel comfortable at businesses in the area, so the first thing she's asking them is if she's welcome to use the bathroom she identifies with. She tried this approach at Whiskey Warehouse, and says the staff was very accepting.
"I was ecstatic. I mean, for people to accept me for who I am after all of these years of crawling into ditches and being persecuted for who I am. It’s a great feeling to be welcomed." Janice Allison, says.
When other local businesses heard her story they, too, said they will not discriminate against anyone. 300 East is one of those places, saying they accept everyone in their single stall bathrooms.
"You never want to feel judged, that is the worst feeling you can have. That's not the point of the hospitality industry, it's to be hospitable not discriminating." 300 East Bar Manager, Sabrina Hayko, said.