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Transgender woman refused service at bridal shop

May 3, 2013 at 2:42 PM   |   Comments

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, May 3 (UPI) -- A Canadian transgender woman said a bridal shop in Saskatoon refused to let her try on wedding dresses because she looked like a man.

Rohit Singh said she plans to file a complaint against Jenny's Bridal Boutique with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission over the incident, CBC News reported Friday.

"It might happen to some other transgender that might come to the store and she will hurt the same," Singh said. "It so embarrassed me and my husband."

Singh said she planned to try on dresses at the store, but the owner refused to let her, saying other customers were uncomfortable with Singh trying on dresses.

"She said, sorry we don't allow men to wear dresses here," Singh recalled. "I said I'm not a man, I'm transgender."

The owner of the store, whose name was not reported, told CBC News she stands by her decision.

"To me it doesn't matter," the owner said. "He looked like a man. There were quite a few brides in the store. If you see a man trying on dresses, you're going to feel uncomfortable."

Singh, who was married on Monday, said she later found a dress at My Lynh Bridal, where she received excellent service.

Of her experience at Jenny's Bridal Boutique, Singh said: "Discrimination. I'm damn sure it's discrimination."

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