A transgender woman, who clearly looks like a man, was denied access to Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, Va. because a park security guard deemed the skirt “she” was wearing as a costume, reports Fox 6 Now.
Bria Gibsons’s girlfriend, who was born a man but now identifies as female went to go have a fun time at the theme park together on Saturday to enjoy the Halloween season’s Howl-o-Scream event.
But as soon as the two got to the security gate of the park, a security guard looked the trans-woman up and down and shook his head and said that she couldn’t come into the park wearing a costume:
“He very slowly looked her up and down, shook his head, and was like, ‘You can’t come in here because you are wearing a costume,'” Gibson recalled. “After saying, ‘What costume do you think she’s wearing?’ he completely ignored us and shooed us away and nothing more to say on the subject and there was nothing more we could do about it.”
It is clearly listed on Bush Gardens policy and rules for the theme park that guests are not allowed to wear costumes inside the park, especially during season like Halloween or Christmas. The policy said it is designed to protect their performers who often wear costumes in the park.
The couple then decided to go to guest relations, and they stood up to the couple and said her girlfriend couldn’t go in unless she changed clothing. So the two switched close, letting the actually woman wear the skirt, but the trans-gender woman was still stuck with some pretty feminine shorts.
Bush Gardens has since responded to the incident:
“We welcome transgender guests in our parks. On this particular occasion, our security professionals interpreted the attire to be a costume, especially given the time of year when our Howl-O-Scream event is occurring. Unfortunately, we misapplied the park’s policy of not allowing costumes in the park. We will take steps to evaluate future application of this policy. We have been in contact with the guests and have invited them to visit again soon.”
Sounds like the park made a good judgement call. After all, it is a family friendly park.