St. Petersburg Bar Denies ‘Ladies Night’ Drink Specials To Transgender Woman

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — A St. Petersburg bar landed in hot water recently after a transgender woman was told she could not receive discounted drinks on “ladies night.”

The bar, Bishop Tavern & Lounge, was quick to apologize on its Facebook page after a protest group formed on the same social networking site.

“Recently a concern was raised about how a transgender customer was treated here. We would like to sincerely apologize for this,” the Facebook note states. “Bishop strives on being one of St. Petersburg’s premier nightlife destinations for everyone, without prejudice. We really appreciate the fact that we live in such a diverse community.”

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the problems began when patron Alex Borrego went to Bishop with several friends, including three female-to-male transgender persons and a drag queen.

Though Borrego was initially offered discounted beverages as part of the bar’s promotion, a bouncer came over and told them they were cut off from the deals “because [they’re] dudes.”

Her driver’s license lists her as a female, but showing her ID did not help her cause. Eventually, the group left.

“Legally, I’m a woman,” she told the Times. “And to deny me to participate in ladies night — that’s very disrespectful.”

Not long after, Borrego and her friends initiated an online protest of the establishment. The apology issued by the bar seemed to mollify much of the protesting community.

“Thank you for the apology and your willingness to embrace change and equality!” read one comment.

“I’m glad this situation got dealt with quickly,” another said. “Obviously a member of the LGBT community and I go to Bishops often so when I heard of this I was more than shocked as I’ve never been bothered or told I couldn’t partake in ladies night being a butch. I’m glad now I don’t have to avoid going to Bishops.”

According to the Times, Borrego and her friends were also satisfied with the sincerity of their words, adding that the protest page will be removed.

She will reportedly discontinue going to Bishop on principle, though, and continue to fight for the rights of transgender people in light of the situation.

“I definitely want to keep the issue alive,” Borrego told the paper. “I still think there is an issue at hand. It is discrimination at the core.”

  • kirok

    Now I’ve seen it all. It has come to this. You wonder how the USA will falter and go down like the Roman Empire. Not by an overwhelming military invasion, but from within. We will become so weak that we will lose all our credibility by being so PC. It may not happen in my time here on this planet, but mock my words it surely will. If you want to live your life the way you want? Hey that’s your God given right as an American. When the line is crossed and when the norm has to be changed to accomodate the minority. That will be the downfall of America as we know it. I hope they develop a time machine so I can jet back to the 80’s when common sense was mainstream.

    • Founders1791

      The best way to END THE DEBATE if for bars to change ‘the term’ from ladies night to FEMALE DNA NIGHT

      FEMALE DNA NIGHT will give legal grounds to deny these misfits of human debris.

    • Lee

      How right you are about this civilization going down the toilet. But I’ve got some news for you: You will have to go back quite a bit further than the ’80s to get to a time when common sense was mainstream – if you mean the 1980s. This society’s decline was well underway by 1980.

    • kirok

      Plus it sounds like as if he or she or whatever, wants to keep the issue alive. For what???? I can only imagine it’s to bring attention to the soapbox that the LGBT uses to push their agenda or what I think is a money hungry lawsuit against the bar. Their civil rights were violated. I can just see it now. What a joke.

    • scottieboy

      “…but mock my words…”

      We already are!

      • kirok

        @scottieboy- Hardie har har!!

    • confused

      Well make up your mind dude. Are you a chick or are you a dude? Cant be both…or can you? Either way, maybe they should change their sign to “100% ladies night specials only. If you were a man or were a woman and are trying to be a woman now that does not count. “

    • kirok

      Yeah I caught the error of “mock my words”. Ooops. Oh well it’s the point that’s valid.

    • mercyonme

      Though I agree with your summation that the USA is in a perilous world situation, I would have to disagree with your claim that it is “your God given right” in living life the way one wants to. God gives us the liberty to choose, but wrong choices are still wrong. One of the reasons the US is in the situation it is in is because of the false assumption that everything is a “right” and its subsequent misapplication to excuse a variety of morally corrupt excesses.

      • kirok

        @mercyonme- Well isn’t that how it is termed? “My god given right…….. I know the good Lord gives us the ability to choose through reasoning. So I’ll give you that. Anyway, your absolutely correct about the morality issue. I think in my opinion, the problem in two parts. One is that common sense has just flown the coop and second, it’s like most Americans are asleep at the wheel. It’s like the populous has simply become to busy to pay attention to matters like these, until it rings their doorbell. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, people just don’t take the time to focus on these issues. “It’s somebody’s elses problem”, NIMBY(Not in my Back yard). Before you know it, it is knocking at the door.

    • Bobby D


    • sickofit

      meh…have him/her contact Sandra Fluke…the lib’s darling is already working on transgender issues

    • RAB

      Thank you!!! One simple solution to this kind of perversion….a big sign at the front door…”WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE TO ANYONE!!!”

      • Yech

        Or yet another alternative…I reserve the right to drink where I want, and I won’t be drinking at a bar that embraces “diversity”. Want immediate gut check reaction? What do you say to a guy who pulls his dress up to urinate next to you in the men’s room?

    • sunnyincc

      Heshe should sit by the phone…Obama will be calling to offer his support.

    • snowman

      I will surely mock your words

    • Kasey

      *mark my words, it’s not wise to ask someone to mock your words.

    • Griefman

      You will have to go back farther then the 80;s my friend. PC was running rampant even back then.

      • george

        Political correctness was injected into the country’s genes, much like a virus, back in the 1950s. Everything started once the legal system was put in charge of the issue of how whites treat racial minorities. After minorities were given the status of privileged and protected groups under the law, and we started to see such logical byproducts as court-ordered school busing, affirmative action, and minority-set-aside public works, whites allowed themselves to be forever put on the defensive.

      • glenp

        PC was just fine in the 70’s too I remember the lefties in college mocking someone for expressing an idea different from their own—typical censorship leftists

    • Tammy Rainey

      “but mock my words”

      Oh sweet irony! Have no fear my friend, this will surely be done!

      • Tammy Rainey

        @Common – that’s a strange accusation to make against someone who once knocked on doors for Alan Keyes.

        But to clear up your confusion, I’m a “small l” libertarian, I plan to do everything I can to push Gary Johnson this year.

        Assuming can only lead to error my friend.

      • CommonCents

        @Tammy: Your -petty- focus on a phonetic typo identifies you as a lame LIBERAL.

      • Tammy Rainey

        Dave, i got the gist of it easily – but the opportunity to make a point was also quite obvious. That was not a criticism of spelling or grammar – lord knows I’ll make mistakes, but an opportunity to make a larger point.

      • dave kallman

        Wow, the grammar \ spelling marm is out today – everyone got the gist of what the OP was trying to say – and you know what, not too many folks are “mocking” it.

        Now, you and your silliness are dismissed

    • Morticia Addams

      Dumb. Real males don’t concern themselves with transexual issues. Real males are confident in who they are.

      • Rick O'Shay

        Real males (and real females) don’t let a freakish minority use political, legal and PC bullying tactics to impose their values onto the rest of society.

        Transsexuals just use hormones and surgery to play dress up. They are mentally defective.

      • Strong Independent Woman

        Real men pay full price for his and the woman’s drinks.

      • Bobby D

        If I was the bouncer I would have told them, “if you’re packing a baloney, no drinks for you!” :-)

      • Jack P

        Real men recognize “them” for the perverts they are.

      • Charles X

        Real men don’t dress up as women.

        It’s disgusting.

      • DirtyDave777

        NO Real Men don’t pretend to be Women.
        Are Offended by Anything Playing Make believe.

    • BadWhisky

      Alas, most great societies do not go into the abyss with a bang; but, rather a whimper.

      • george

        That is correct. Rome took over a century to die. It didn’t all happen because of a swarm of Germanic invasions suddenly occurring. A major factor was a foolish watering-down of the military over a long period. More and more responsibility was handed over to foreign mercenaries, and even outsiders from the Germanic tribes who had settled within the Empire were allowed to serve under their own tribal chieftains’ command! A recipe for ultimate disaster, and we in the U.S. are trekking down similar paths.

    • DeusVult

      AMEN Brother…AMEN!
      PC/Leftist/progressive B.S. “IS” DESTROYING OUR REPUBLIC!
      2012- “IS” the time America!
      ABO=”ANYBODY” but obama!

      • Mitt Obamney

        Still think the world isnt coming to an end in 2012! PLEASE look at this moral, spiritual, cultural and economic decline in America and get prepared…

        I am locked and loaded boys….

      • StopServingUpLies

        “Lat” it’s interesting how your post always stays. Whenever I post a link to the cover up, it magically disappears.

        Unelected officials took over Washington and are orchestrating the daily news. They think you can’t handle the truth. We have no president, no democracy, and freedom of press is an illusion.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out. Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in history

      • Stan

        And I bet the transgenderettes will want to hit from the Women’s Tee.

      • LAT

        “The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers.

        Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can “throw the rascals out” at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.”

        ~ Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in our Time


  • Chris

    Where does it end? Get a life.

  • rawheadrex

    Even if you paint stripes on a horse, you can’t make it a zebra. You got the ‘y’ chromosome? You are stuck with it, Same for the ‘x’ chromosome. Please quit confusing gender with sex. The former is a matter of grammar; the latter a strict province of biology. Damned public education system.

    • ed

      Don’t argue with Alex, he/she is just soooo much smarter then anyone who disagrees with him/her

    • B

      Alex, you have a genetic disorder. It is not the norm. Humans are born male or female, and you are what you are. You should check your blood work and find out what you are. Because you grew parts of male in you doesn’t make you both. You’re an anomaly, not the norm. Perhaps, YOU should learn something.

    • Steve

      I don’t understand “biolgy .” To be honest, I don’t even know what it is.

    • Detex

      Don’t try to reason with these guys.

    • Hwoodbery

      So are you suggesting that the bar should check who qualifies for ladies night discount by doing blood tests on all customers?

    • Charles X

      You’re mentally ill, and are infecting normal society. You should be culled.

    • DirtyDave777

      And as soon as they stop taking Synthetic hormones they Start to REVERT.
      Mental illness don’t Make a Bull a cow or a cow a Bull no matter how much you pretend.

    • Kip Noxzema

      Yup, as long as every cell in your body is male, no amount of bolt-on parts can make you a woman.

    • Paul T

      Fine. According to Endocrine Today (, “no case law considers gender as other than the dichotomy of male and female”.

  • TJP

    You can’t make everyone happy all of the time. Making the GLBT crowd (maybe a few percent of the population) happy means more business from them, but then you scare away a percentage of heteros. Just change the advertising so there’s small print about only women who are recognizable as women getting discounted drinks and you’re all set. It’s not necessarily even about bigotry – it’d be very easy to have a “female” ID made up so you can get discounted drinks as a man, if that’s all it takes.

    In general, I don’t frequent bars, but if I did, I would certainly stay away from this one now.

    • Hwoodbery

      Any person with fake boobs should automatically be excluded. Any volunteers for doing the testing?

    • SoBeIt

      I don’t live in St Pete, but I’m there a lot, have friends who live in the Burg. That said, there is a pretty large GLBT presence, really liberal city. If they wanted to keep their business, this was a have to do.

      In the end, it was all probably about free drinks.

  • Alex

    To quite a wise person, a person may be born a woman, but not all are ladies.
    I’m an intersexed woman, that’s a woman with partial male parts, what should I do? I didn’t ask to be born and neither did these patrons to this bar. All people are entitled to be treated properly, fairly and with respect. I don’t go to bars anyway as one doesn’t meet the cream of the crop there. Yes, I am an oddity of nature, but that’s no excuse to treat me with lesser regard than any other patron.

    • hosea


    • Verheek

      It’s not about treating less, it’s about treating as is. If you’re not a woman and the deal is for women then you don’t qualify!

      As far as those falling into physical grey areas it would be interesting to know what the Chromosomes show…

      • Tammy Rainey

        sixth grade biology is inadequate preparation for this discussion

    • Fred

      Old argument technique to justify abominable behavior. just like the abortion claim that abortion should be legal because if you are raped you should not have to carry the rapist’s baby. Well the vast majority of abortions are not done because of rape but “choice” just like the vast majority of transgendered are not born with more or less parts like yourself. but are complete in one genderbut choose to change to the other.

    • no more whiners

      Quit whining. That is what you do. Don’t burden everybody else with your problems. We don’t want to hear about your parts. If you don’t like how the bar treats you, don’t go back.

    • Adrian

      What a crock. A man dressed as a woman is a man. No discount for you. Demanding a discount just shows that this idiot wants attention for being a man dressed as a woman. Just another “notice me” deffective human.

      A woman with partial male parts is a different story.

    • BadWhisky

      nonya, There is a difference between choosing to be and having to be. Life is tough and I do not envy your situation; however, if you are living as a woman and attract men, you should get the discount. Let us face it that is what ladies night is about, drink discounts to lure women into the establishment which in turn lures men looking for ladies into the establishment. As far as the transgendered woman, if they refused the deal it probably has a lot to do with the fact that she wasn’t feminine enough to fool them into believing he was a she; thus, negating the whole purpose of the ladies night tactic.

    • nerf

      Which bathroom do you go to? Is it consistent, or do you call yourself a woman if it gets you a free drink? Just curious.

    • bmsadler01

      I have a feeling the “transgender woman” in the bar was a full fledged man with all male parts dressed in drag, and not born with both male and female parts.

    • gobnait

      Who shows the tolerance that you demand to those who do not accept you as a woman? Don’t they deserve to be treated as human beings too? The left demeans such people as bigots and haters and shouts them down. Seems like a double standard.

    • AllHailTheChief

      Big brother found another made up story to dominate. The truth is being buried after the coup and cover up since unelected officials took over Washington and the media for domestic spying.

      Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out. Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in history

  • E Warren

    Sounds like the Bud Light commercial when they dressed as ladies for ladies nite about 15 years ago

    • Tony G

      Oh man that was a funny commercial. still laughing and trying to type.

  • Alex

    Sex is not the same as gender. Sorry.

    • Malcolm Tent

      Alex, yet it is. Regardless of how you’d like it to be. Sorry.

    • texas58

      Actually, except LGBT I doubt if you would find one person who agrees w/ your statement. Sex and gender are identical! On the other hand your statement would be true of the tiny population of intersex people in society.

    • Verheek

      Oh yes it is.

    • LS

      Because I say it Those are the facts. The best way I know to make America a caotic FREE for all. Opps we are almost there. Just shutup and live your life quite thinking you and like you are special its your mind that needs help.

    • LS

      Because I say it Those are the facts. The best way I know to make America a caotic FREE for all. Opps we are almost there.

    • Elrod Skilly

      You are correct. However, gender is a grammatical term. People are trying to reinvent the word “gender”, just because the mass population was turned off by the term “sex-change.” Another term had to be found for “cross dresser” and “transvestite”, too. A person’s sex cannot be changed, and that is what “male” and “female” (as it relates to a human) is. A man can dress up like a woman, have surgeries, and even take hormones, but no matter what anyone says, he will never become a woman. Just like a child can put a sheet over their head and claim to be a ghost. Dress up time does not reality make.

      • Hwoodbery

        Did the bar advertise a ladies sex night or a ladies gender night? From a practical point of view a bar is not gonna be able to determine sex without doing blood tests on all customers. Otoh gender is usually easier and less costly to determine……

    • Nemo

      Alex,To the two idiots below you, gender refers to grammar, that is all. Masculine, Feminine, and Neuter. Misuse of a word does not change the meaning of a word.

    • Chris

      True enough.
      Beware anyone who uses a trivial term like “gender” to describe something as monumental as sex.
      Gender is about words and grammar. You can change the gender of a word with the stroke of a pen or the click of a key.
      Sex is about living things. Your sex is what you are from conception to cremation, regardless of any level of dressup or superficial surgical mutilation. It’s in every drop of your blood and your entire body, including your brain.
      Someone could be ground up into hamburger and a simple test would determine what her or she is.
      Dressing a man up as a woman, or chopping pieces off doesn’t make him any more of a woman than Dustin Hoffman as Tootsie or John Bobbitt as John Bobbitt.
      There are indeed people with genetic anomalies such as, XXX, XXY or XYY chromosomes. There are also people born with malformed genitals… and cleft palates for that matter. They are entitled to reasonable accommodation for their abnormalities but they are also a minuscule, statistically irrelevant segment of the population and we all know that’s not who we’re talking about here.
      There’s a classic term that applies to this kind of lunacy. This is a classic case of “defining deviancy down.”

    • Tammy Rainey

      Medical Dictionary
      gender gen·der (jěn’dər)

      The sex of an individual, male or female, based on reproductive anatomy.

      Sexual identity, especially in relation to society or culture.

      Medical Dictionary
      sex (sěks)

      The property or quality by which organisms are classified as female or male on the basis of their reproductive organs and functions.

      Note the difference in the two. Gender does, in fact, medically, refer to one’s sex and serves as a synonym for that word, but it is a further meaning beyond that as described in the second sentence:

      ” Sexual identity, especially in relation to society or culture.”

      so “sex” is JUST sax, the basic physical manifestation (which, by the way, becomes inadequate for intersex conditions) whereas gender is that, AND it is also a descriptor of the person’s sexual identity.

      It is commonly understood by educated people that the term gender is proper when one is referring to something other than the construct of genitalia.

      I realize this confuses some folks, but it is not some politically correct made-up cliche, it’s how scientists communicate.

    • osagewillie

      I would tend to agree, as gender is basically derived from genre meaning type r sort, however sex can represent male or female, but has numerous other conotations eg sexual intercourse, sexual abuse, sex games and only one definition referring to the male/female distinction.

    • Dan

      My drivers license says “sex” not gender.

  • MarkJ

    Okay, here’s an idea: how about just giving these folks “half off” on their drinks?(snicker, snort)

  • Julie

    That leaves more for you right alex? *barf*

  • Billy

    Uhhuh, chix with dix. Crododile Dundee will figure it out.

  • Bubba

    They say that their ID’s say they are female. But the state of Florida doesn’t recongize a sex change on the ID, what I mean is the Id number says whether you were born male or female.

  • Anonymous

    […] […]

  • ed

    no, just because you think your a women, does not make it so

  • Bubba

    Aww who cares? Whatever.

  • pc

    America is falling apart and this is story is news?

    • Constitution First

      BINGO! Give the man a cigar!

    • Verheek

      My question is why? What has happened?

    • Paul T

      Well YOU clearly read the headline and clicked the link. That’s why it’s news. They put on the “front page” what they think people will find sensational.

  • ED


  • Steve

    So, it wanted to be man until it had to pay full price for a drink, then it wanted to be a woman??

  • Stan

    From now on, I want you all to call me Loretta.

    • Elrod Skilly

      No. But I will call you Lorettastan. (Groucho voice —>) Actually, I think we’ve got troops in Lorettastan.

      • Alex

        Actual humour? On my Internet?

        Seriously though thank you Elrod for the laugh.


    • chicagomatt

      stan, you can’t have a baby…you don’t have a womb!

  • kmbrlb

    Just cancel ladies night. Problem solved.

  • shepard

    Wait a minute, don’t transgender people want to be identified as their chosen, rather than biological sex? Wasn’t the bartender respecting her right to become a man if she chose? Or is this some sort of “I feel like a women when there’s free booze at Ladies’ Night,” scheme?

    • BadWhisky

      I’m thinkin you gotz a 5 o-clock shadow then ya ain’t drinkin at a dicount.

  • Stan

    STAN: I want to be a woman. From now on, I want you all to call me ‘Loretta’.
    REG: What?!
    LORETTA: It’s my right as a man.
    JUDITH: Well, why do you want to be Loretta, Stan?
    LORETTA: I want to have babies.
    REG: You want to have babies?!
    LORETTA: It’s every man’s right to have babies if he wants them.
    REG: But… you can’t have babies.
    LORETTA: Don’t you oppress me.
    REG: I’m not oppressing you, Stan. You haven’t got a womb! Where’s the foetus going to gestate?! You going to keep it in a box?!

    • Mike

      You cut short the most poignant part….
      Francis: It is symbolic of our struggle against oppression.
      Reg: It’s symbolic of his struggle against reality.

    • chicagomatt

      best Monty Python movie evah.

  • Chris W

    Ladies’ Night is by it’s nature discriminatory. Men have never been able to get the Ladies’ Night half-price drinks, but you don’t hear us complaining. You’ll never get genuine respect from others until you grow a layer of skin thicker than wet tissue paper.

    • JonW

      We don’t complain because we end up paying for it anyway. Ladies night is fine by me.

  • Jim Smith

    does it have a pen us? NO DRINK FOR YOU!

    So the men dressing like women can get drinks because they simply WISH they were women…and the women who WISH they were men can still get drinks because even though they have boy haircuts, they have vag inas.

    man, they are really bilking this bar for all they’re worth.

  • steve

    isn’t ladies night sexual discrimination anyways ? offering a product or service at a different price based on gender ?

    • Rick O'Shay

      It is an indication of how messed up our society has gotten that you and most everyone else unconsciously accepts the premise that the owners of private businesses should be subjected to laws and lawsuits for what should be entirely up to them. If a bar owner wants to engage in “sex discrimination”, either with regard to customers or to employees, than he should be able to do so. If you, as a customer or an employee, than find another bar.

      Private property rights are inseparable from political freedom.

      • Rick the Chick

        Oh Boy there’s a can of worms!!!!! White Night !!! OMG They’d call out the National Guard, Warrants would be issued!!!!

      • Hwoodbery

        How about discrimination on race. Should that be left up to the bar owner as well?

  • Tom Mix

    Giving drink specials to females and not to males is discrimination. Imagine the uproar if it were discounts for males only.

    • Steve

      Thats a bad idea because we males would be passing many many drinks of to the ladies lol! “Let me buy you a drink” would become “let me get you drunk!’ Ive just convinced my self that this is a really good idea….Tom you are an f’n genius!

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