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A mother sporting a shirt declaring that women are female was bounced from a pub in England after a gay man complained.
Rebekah Wershbale, 34, said she was “stunned” when a staffer at the Five Clouds Tap and Bottle in the town of Macclesfield in the North Midlands on Sunday informed her she was banned because of her shirt, the Daily Mail of London reported.
The writing on her shirt, in dictionary style, read: “Woman – noun – adult human female.”
Wershbale said she was told by the pub staff member the black T-shirt “was upsetting people because it was transphobic and not inclusive, so I was barred.”
“What she meant was that I was somehow offending men who say they are women because my T-shirt did not include them in the definition of a woman,” Wershbale said. “There aren’t even any transgender staff or patrons at the pub. It’s crackers.”
The Daily Mail said Wershbale is a supporter of the feminist group Fair Play For Women, which opposed a government proposal to allow people to self-identify as the gender they believe they are without any medical diagnosis.
The complaint was issued by a man drinking at the pub, Mika Johnson. Wershbale said she had sat down next to him and asked him how he was doing.
Wershbale said he told her he wanted to be left alone, and so she complied.
Thirty minutes later, the Daily Mail reported, a member of the staff named Heather told Wershbale she had to leave the pub.
“Heather said I’d been upsetting people and Mika was crying,” Wershbale said.
The Daily Mail said Johnson posted a tweet the same day: “When you’re trying to relax in your fave pub and there is a TERF [trans exclusionary radical feminist] wearing an anti-trans T-shirt… it’s disgusting and I’m so upset by it.”
The pub manager, Tom Lewis, told the Daily Mail there had been a series of incidents in which Wershbale had upset staff and customers by challenging them about their views on men identifying as female.
Wershbale insisted the claims were “untrue” and an attempt to smear her. While admitting she promoted the feminist campaign by Fair Play For Women while at the pub, she insisted she was not “transphobic.”
Her concern is that the new law would put women’s safety at risk by allowing men who say they are female to enter women-only spaces, such as rest rooms.