Transgendered Woman Banned From Local Restaurant for Using the Restroom

A transgender woman says she was a victim of discrimination after she was kicked out of a local bar and restaurant for going into the ladies room.


by Whitney LB Miller

ANCHORAGE - A transgender woman says she was a victim of discrimination after she was kicked out of a local bar and restaurant for going into the ladies room.

MoHagani Megnetek told Your Alaska link she was banned from Humpy's because she went into the female bathroom, she says being transgendered she has never had anyone ask her to leave because of her gender.

"I've never been told I couldn't do anything or go anywhere," said Megnetek. "I mean we got a black president...gays in the military...women are fighting on the front lines."

According to Megnetek the bouncer told her the State issued I.D. Classified her as a male and for that reason she had to leave the bar even though there was currently no policy in place.

Megnetek was asked to leave after she had her picture taken and was told never to return. 

"They could have said you got to leave for the evening but they banned me for life, you know they took my picture pretty much criminalized me," said Megnetek.

Leeanne Kemp, a customer who made the complaint online, says she ran to Megnetek's side because she  witnessed the altercation.

"I didn't want it to become a situation where she was being ganged up on or not represented," said Kemp...I didn't want it to be her word against his."

Kemp took to Humpy's facebook page about the incident that she his calling discrimination.

Pete Burns, Humpy's general manager, released this statement: 

"Currently we are working with ACLU and IDENTITY to ensure that future incidents never take place...We have expressed our sincerest apologies in both a public and private forum."

Megnetek and Kemp both met with officials at Humpy's, however Megnetek says their apology lacked full acknowledgment of the incident.

Burns told Your Alaska Link in a phone interview that "the decision to remove Megnetek was a poor choice on the part of the security staff."

He also said the incident is being addressed within the company and that they support the bouncer but admitted that education is needed for the entire company.

Megnetek says she will not return to the restaurant.


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J said on Thursday, Mar 6 at 12:01 PM

"Tinkle Megnetic" is in the stall ladies, please waite your turn and have your parents or husband on speed dial. Tinkle "not his real name" is checking the male box on his AK. ID. Is this guy a former East High Student?.

Misty said on Wednesday, Mar 5 at 1:23 AM

This pervert is a "sick puppy". What is his real name? and why is the press protecting him?. Mohagani is a played out "Cougar" who should stay away from our children. His $20.00 dollar Value Village dress ain't working. Dont be fooled he is a liar and demonic.

B from Wasilla said on Monday, Mar 3 at 2:31 PM

Thank you Sue, my cousin is gay and loves the friendly staff at Humpys. He has taken large groups of other gay friends there and never had a bad experience. Mohagani was not thinking when she put those parents on alert. Is Mohagani stalking other ladies restrooms around town??. There should be a law against it.

Sue said on Saturday, Mar 1 at 11:38 AM

Not all Gay, Lesbiane and transgenders share the same view w/miss Mohagani. Megnetic chose to push the limit when she entered a busy ladies restroom in a largely "straight" Anch. eatery. The move was outside the norm and Mohagani's manly frame and face drew fear w/some customers. One woman with young daughters held them back in fear from using the toilet until the situation de-esculated and she was finished. Patrons were shocked that Mohagani could not understand the gravity involved w/sexual assault so prevalent in Alaska. Mohagani clearly looks like a man even when dressed in drag. Perhaps Mohagani would better serve the transgender community bye learning to accept straight or non-gendered folk before attacking them in such a calculated move. The Jerry Springer shock jock move clearly created to draw attention was un-deserved for the hard-working staff ant Humpy's eatery who wonderfully and lovingly serve thousands of visitors from all over the world w/much praise.

Trekkinbob said on Saturday, May 25 at 2:49 PM

I like Grandad's policy of non-descrimination. Hate is not on tap there.

Raven33 said on Saturday, May 25 at 12:10 PM

Its a private business. If you don't like their policy, don't go there. Humpy's will always have a solid customer base that will support them.

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