Woman barred from pub for wearing T-shirt ‘in case it upsets transgender people’

By Robert Mann

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Getting shirty: Rebekah Wershbale has been barred from a pub after wearing a T-shirt deemed offensive
Getting shirty: Rebekah Wershbale has been barred from a pub after wearing a T-shirt deemed offensive
A woman has been barred from her local pub after a fellow drinker complained that her T-shirt discriminated against transgender people.

Rebekah Wershbale was ejected from the Fiveclouds Tap & Bottle in Macclesfield, Cheshire, for wearing a plain black T-shirt branded with the slogan: ‘Woman: human female’.

Wershbale, who has been a regular at the pub for years, said she was left “stunned” after a barmaid told her she was “no longer welcome” for bearing a T-shirt reading the dictionary definition.

She labelled the decision to expel her as “crackers” and added that there aren’t any transgender staff or customers at the pub to be offended by it.

On the day of her banishing, she recalled speaking to another punter before he asked her to leave him alone before leaving abruptly.

But much to her bewilderment, a barmaid approached her half an hour later and told her she was no longer welcome at the boozer because she had been “upsetting people” after making a fellow drinker “burst into tears”.

Wershbale added she was told the way she talked about radical feminism and the T-shirt she was wearing was “upsetting and not inclusive”.

Later that day, the offended man in question, took to Twitter and wrote: “When you’re trying to relax in your favourite pub and there is a transgender exclusionary radical feminist wearing an anti-transgender T-shirt – it’s disgusting and I’m so upset by it.”

Tom Lewis, owner of Fiveclouds Tap & Bottle, confirmed Wershbale had been ordered to leave after a discrimination complaint.

He added that there had been a “series of incidents” where she had upset staff and customers by challenging them about their views on men identifying as female.

Wershbale concluded that she is a firm supporter of feminist group Fair Play For Women, which opposed a Government consultation to reform the Gender Recognition Act.

The suggested legal change would allow people to self-identify as the gender they believe they are without any medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria.

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