HOT RABBIT AT BOOTS AND SADDLE 100 A SEVENTH AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY HAS HOSTED HOT RABBIT SINCE 2016 (BOOTS AND SADDLE, PICTURED) “This long-running girlcentric party goes down every Friday night at Boots and Saddle. DJs from NYC and beyond ensure that you'll never encounter the same scene twice, but you can rely on a cute mixed crowd and sexy go-go dancers to help you get in touch with your inner bunny.” (Time Out New York, 2016) “Transgender performer Valentine Steaphon was kicked out of Boots & Saddle Drag Lounge, a New York gay bar, after a cisgender woman discovered her in the women’s restroom on Friday night, sparking immediate backlash on social media. ‘She told me that I shouldn’t be [in the women’s bathroom] because I don’t have a pussy or a vagina or whatever,’ Steaphon, who identifies as trans-genderqueer and uses both female and male pronouns, told Out in a phone interview. ‘My first reaction was to try to educate her that we were at an LGBT bar and we don’t really follow those rules in that location,’ she continued. In Steaphon’s account of the event, which is chronicled in a Facebook post, what followed seems to be something that one would assume to happen in a state like North Carolina where transgender people are legally prevented from using bathrooms they identify with. However, club security got involved after a verbal altercation and Steaphon’s identity became a footnote. ‘This is exactly what the security said,’ Steaphon recalled. ‘He said “Well we cater to straight women here so if you are making them feel uncomfortable in the bathroom, you have got to go.’” The exchange seems to be a part of a larger conversation right now that nods to the erasure of LGBT safe spaces. After events like the Orlando Pulse Massacre and gay men being roughed up on Riis Beach, it seems that locales where the gay community can feel comfortable expressing themselves in ways that they feel adequately represent them are growing smaller. What’s more, the event touched on interpretations of what transgender is. ‘While all of this is happening [the woman’s] friend is yelling in my face that I’m not trans and that I can’t be trans unless I have titties and a pussy’ Steaphon claimed. ‘He was telling me trans women have to look a certain way, basically denying my transness.’ While managers for Boots & Saddle were not involved during the actual event, the company has released a statement on their Facebook page, and believes this event wasn’t about gender identity, but about behavior in the bathroom.” (Mikelle Street, Out Magazine, 2016)      

HOT RABBIT AT BOOTS AND SADDLE 100 A SEVENTH AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY HAS HOSTED HOT RABBIT SINCE 2016 (BOOTS AND SADDLE, PICTURED) “This long-running girlcentric party goes down every Friday night at Boots and Saddle. DJs from NYC and beyond ensure that you'll never encounter the same scene twice, but you can rely on a cute mixed crowd and sexy go-go dancers to help you get in touch with your inner bunny.” (Time Out New York, 2016) “Transgender performer Valentine Steaphon was kicked out of Boots & Saddle Drag Lounge, a New York gay bar, after a cisgender woman discovered her in the women’s restroom on Friday night, sparking immediate backlash on social media. ‘She told me that I shouldn’t be [in the women’s bathroom] because I don’t have a pussy or a vagina or whatever,’ Steaphon, who identifies as trans-genderqueer and uses both female and male pronouns, told Out in a phone interview. ‘My first reaction was to try to educate her that we were at an LGBT bar and we don’t really follow those rules in that location,’ she continued. In Steaphon’s account of the event, which is chronicled in a Facebook post, what followed seems to be something that one would assume to happen in a state like North Carolina where transgender people are legally prevented from using bathrooms they identify with. However, club security got involved after a verbal altercation and Steaphon’s identity became a footnote. ‘This is exactly what the security said,’ Steaphon recalled. ‘He said “Well we cater to straight women here so if you are making them feel uncomfortable in the bathroom, you have got to go.’” The exchange seems to be a part of a larger conversation right now that nods to the erasure of LGBT safe spaces. After events like the Orlando Pulse Massacre and gay men being roughed up on Riis Beach, it seems that locales where the gay community can feel comfortable expressing themselves in ways that they feel adequately represent them are growing smaller. What’s more, the event touched on interpretations of what transgender is. ‘While all of this is happening [the woman’s] friend is yelling in my face that I’m not trans and that I can’t be trans unless I have titties and a pussy’ Steaphon claimed. ‘He was telling me trans women have to look a certain way, basically denying my transness.’ While managers for Boots & Saddle were not involved during the actual event, the company has released a statement on their Facebook page, and believes this event wasn’t about gender identity, but about behavior in the bathroom.” (Mikelle Street, Out Magazine, 2016)