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A lesbian woman reports that she was escorted out of the Staples Center’s women’s bathroom because security believed she was a man.
Mary Looper, who was attending a Carrie Underwood concert with her aunt at the Los Angeles venue on Sept. 15, posted about the hurtful turn of events on her Facebook page.
“Thanks everyone for the kind words,” Looper wrote in the post’s comments. “I get mistaken for a man all the time… It’s no secret. But, for the fact that their woman employee waited outside my stall for proof that I was a woman, didn’t believe me off my voice… That’s what hurt and had me shocked. I didn’t wanna stir anything up but never ever thought I’d be treated like that in a woman’s restroom in L.A., in the Staples Center. Just a bummer it went that far.”
Several of Looper’s friends took to the Staples Center Facebook page to leave negative reviews after hearing about her experience.
Staples Center did not reply to any of the comments. Despite the unfortunate experience, Looper later posted that she had made the best of it.
“The other stuff kinda put a damper on the night but Swon Brothers, Easton Corbin, and Carrie Underwood were fantastic,” she wrote.
Colette Bennett is a writer/editor who specializes in web culture, skincare, and all things geek. Her work has appeared on CNN, HLN, Engadget, Kotaku, Colourlovers, and Continue Magazine. She also writes horror and sci-fi fiction for Corona Books and is at work on her second novel.