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Posted on 08 Aug 2007 at 5:31pm

Pleasant should challenge casino

In regards to your story about the transgendered person being denied admittance to the casino in Bossier City (“Casino denies access to Dallas trans woman,” Dallas Voice, Aug. 3), there are questions I would pose to whomever makes these decisions.

In Oklahoma, I got my drivers license renewed a few months ago. I’ve worn eyeglasses all of my life and have always had my driver’s license picture taken with them on. This last time, they told me that due to new Homeland Security guidelines, I needed to remove them for my picture.

I also had cut my hair very, very short due to having surgery around that time (I didn’t want to mess with it for a while). It’s nine months later, and my appearance has totally changed since that picture was taken.

With long hair and eyeglasses, I don’t look the same as the picture on my driver’s license. Would that preclude me from entering the casino?

Also, there are a number of casinos in the southwest part of Oklahoma. Every October, they all have costume contests around Halloween. Is every customer going to be turned away if they’re in costume and their appearance doesn’t match their driver’s license?

(By the way, I don’t know if Oklahoma gaming laws are the same as Louisiana’s.)

I happen to know the person featured in your story. She looks like a woman now, and it would take a lot of effort to try and look like a man again, even for just one night. Perhaps she should challenge that casino in court for the right to enter their establishment and the embarrassment they caused her. That’s the only way things like this get changed.

Victor Cutnose
Lawton, Okla.

Pleasant shouldn’t have had a problem

This letter is being written in response to the article posted about Jody Pleasant (“Casino denies access to Dallas trans woman,” Dallas Voice, Aug. 3).
I am from the same town that Jody is from. Kandy Kane as I have known her for many years has dressed like a woman. She has been on national TV, won of lots of pageants, etc. She lives her life as a woman, and always carries her boy’s ID.

Now, if it were Halloween and a patron tried to come in the casino dressed in drag, they sure would have let him in, no questions asked. I have been to this particular casino they are talking about, and to ask me, the people there are rude and snobby, and are not the kindest to gay people. But it has been some years since I have been there, since right after they switched over to BoomTown, as a matter of fact.

Still, I fully support Jody’s claim, because I have worked in the casino business for many years and know that she has been in casinos that I have worked in or been to. There shouldn’t have been any problem with letting her in. I would encourage her to pursue this to the max.

Greg Powers
Phoenix, Ariz.

Soundout with Best right on target

I saw the article covering the HRC’s Coming Out project and Seth Best’s involvement (“Soundout: 5 Questions with Seth Best,” Dallas Voice, Aug. 3). I thought the article was well written and the questions appropriate. I’m glad to see that we now have someone on the project that is transgendered. I can’t think of anyone to represent us better than he can. Kudos.

Tori Van Fleet
Fort Worth

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 10, 2007

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