Gay rights leaders and transgender people said the legislation demonizes the community and espouses bogus claims about increasing the risk of sexual assaults. They say the law will deny lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people essential protections needed to ensure they can get a hotel room, hail a taxi or dine at a restaurant without fear.
The above paragraph was quoted from a news article I read this morning. I’m boggled at this point in time by this argument. In what universe would any member of the LGBT community be denied access to these services? I have rented hotel rooms, I’ve hailed taxi cabs (not often, but it has happened), and I dine out (a heck of a lot more than I need to). Not once, NOT ONCE, has any person offering the above mentioned services ever asked me about my sexuality prior to providing me their company’s services. Not once have I been asked about my religion when ordering dinner. Not once has a hotel asked about my sexual orientation when booking an overnight room for two (usually online, and I know for a fact that there’s not a single inquiry about gay, straight, or bi when booking a room). I’m sorry, but this argument is invalid. Any sane person would recognize that fact forthwith.