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Barber Cites “Religious Freedom” To Deny Trans Army Reservist A Haircut

by Rob Smith March 11, 2016

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“Religious freedom” seems to be all the rage among homophobic business owners these days, and now a California barbershop is getting into the act.

Army reservist Kendall Oliver, who is transgender, went online to book an appointment at The Barbershop in Rancho Cucamonga, but was turned away after showing up.

Oliver told NBC4 News he identifies as male and feels more comfortable that way (although he told CBS2 he eschews labels), but they said, “It doesn’t matter ma’am, we still won’t cut a woman’s hair.”

Richard Hernandez, owner of The Barbershop, sees it differently:

“It’s a shame for a man to have long hair, but if a woman has long hair, it’s her glory and it speaks to being given to her as her covering, and I don’t want to be one who is taking away from her glory.”

Even so, he still doesn’t think he’s being discriminatory:

“It’s not our intention to discriminate against anyone based on sexual orientation or gender of anything like that. The Bible teaches us that a woman’s hair is her glory.”

Of course, Oliver is not having it:

“I don’t see how that should affect a business. I’m a customer here, you provide a service, and everyone is entitled to that service.”

Watch the story via CBS 2 below.




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