A restaurant-goer was denied entry into a popular Atlanta establishment because they were wearing a skirt.
Pako Zolanski, 25, told local Atlanta CBS affiliate WGNX they were planning on celebrating a friend’s birthday with dinner at The Monticello lounge on the evening of Friday, January 14, but were turned away after the restaurant’s doorman felt their attire for the evening wasn’t appropriate for Zolanski’s gender. The incident was captured on video, which Zolanski later posted to social media.
“I’m Black. I’m gay,” Zolanski, who uses they/he/she pronouns, told WGNX. “It’s just like no matter where I turn, I feel like there’s always going to be a target on my back.”
The video later captured the doorman’s attempts to justify his actions.
“We are not denying him service,” the unidentified man can be heard in the video. “What we're saying is he must dress his gender. If he dresses his gender, he is more than welcome to come inside.”
The Monticello issued an apology via Facebook the following Monday, saying the incident “did not represent the policies and procedure of our organization” which states “one must be easily identified by their state-issued identification at entry.”