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UPDATED July 3 2008When Nick Teich created a free account on the online personals site Bisexual Dating last week, he decided to disclose that he is transgender.
His profile was deleted shortly after he received the e-mail.
Bisexual Dating is owned by the Seattle-based company Tango Wire, which owns a network of personals sites catering to a range of interests, from the LGB community to different racial and ethnic communities to motorcycle enthusiasts.
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Within a day he had received three "smiles," which members send to express their interest in getting to know each other.
Teich thought little of his decision until he wrote to the site's customer service staff about a problem he was having using the site.
That is shown [by the fact] that in our registration, transgender is not one of the options we provide, and we don't provide that as such. That identity is not an identity we have an ability to support," said Brown.
He said that while Teich's disclosure of his trans status played a role in the deletion of his profile, the primary reason he was removed is that he changed his profile on the Tango Wire network of sites from lesbian to bisexual male."We don't support bisexual males on a lesbian site. When you sign up in our network your original site of registration is the site you get oriented in," said Brown. And I know that these people are ignorant, but it didn't roll off my back that easily," said Teich, who contacted Bay Windows about the incident and reported it to the legal hotline of Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders.
He said Teich violated the company's terms of service by changing the gender on his profile. He said he might file a complaint against the company with civil rights authorities in Seattle. That being said, I am not familiar of another specific example of something like this," said Herrschaft.
Teich said he was angry when told that he was being booted from the site for identifying as transgender."I was in absolute shock when I saw that e-mail. Daryl Herrschaft, director of Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Workforce Equality Project, said that HRC works to educate gay-owned businesses about the transgender community, but he could not recall an instance of a gay-owned business being so blatant in discriminating against transgender people."We created a guide called 'Small Business Basics' along with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and what that guide does, it was geared towards small business owners and people affiliated with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, many of which are gay-owned businesses. Brown told Bay Windows that despite Tango Wire's exclusion of transgender customers the company strongly supports the LGBT community."The founder and CEO is gay, and we have an operations person who is gay.
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