mslaboy- If you genuinely feel that fat, bald people suffer discrimination that is comparable to that suffered by the LGBT community, do something about it. Sponsor a movement to protect the rights of fat, bald people and to prevent discrimination against that group (if that discrimination is evident) and I will support it. I support equal rights for all and will stand with you just as I stood with the supporters of this ordinance. Your point seems to be that because you do nothing about what you perceive to be prejudice against you, no one else should either.
As we seem to be on the same side of this issue, I hesitate to
pick a fight with you. But I think you can chill on the "wheelchair-bound"
outrage. Wheelchair-bound refers to the fact that she MUST use a
wheelchair to function and get around in her daily life. Tess is a friend
and I can tell you she would confirm that. No, she doesn't sleep in it.
But to leave her house, go to class, go to work, she is bound to use
a wheelchair. She even rocks the wheelchair while performing in drag shows.
I don't appreciate the suggestion that I'm somehow being offensive.
That's the whole point of publishing this story macoco. Drawing the public's attention not only to the total lack of accessibility (which is of importance to some of us) but also to the proprietor's callous disregard and even disparagement of this young woman. You are correct, he has no legal obligation to resolve this, just as his clientele have no obligation to patronize his business now that his suck-it-up attitude toward the handicapped (and thinly veiled homophobia) have been brought to light. If you are genuinely concerned about fire hazards, then you should be on board with an effort to shut the whole place down. AmVets is a freakin' death trap with or without wheelchair-bound customers. If the best answer is "go somewhere else" then that's what Missoula will do.
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