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Portland Bar Owner Accused Of Transgender Discrimination

AP | Jan. 30, 2013 10:12 a.m. | Portland

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The Oregon labor commissioner has filed discrimination charges against a Portland bar owner accused of telling transgender patrons to stay away.

KATU reports that Commissioner Brad Avakian filed the charge Tuesday against the Twilight Room Annex, formerly known as the P Club.

Bar owner Chris Penner is accused of asking a group of transgender patrons known as the Rose City T-Girls to stop visiting because he didn’t want it to be known as a “tranny bar.”

At the time he was accused — last August — Penner said he was shocked and baffled by the discrimination allegation. He said he has gay and lesbian staff, and the bar has hosted same-sex wedding receptions and gay pride events.

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