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Hunter Schafer Just Called Out this Nightclub for its Transphobia

By Christine Siamanta Kinori

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Euphoria’s star Hunter Schafer took to her Instagram over the weekend to call out a German nightclub after they denied entry to her assistant for being trans.

In the video, Hunter said that the bouncer of Silq, a nightclub located in Düsseldorf, told her that he is scared of her assistant, and wouldn’t let her into the club. Hunter went on to explain to him that he was being broadcasted to 7 million of her followers and he scrambled to hide his face.

“Silq is not safe for trans people at all. This bouncer said my friend could not come in because she is trans, he’s hiding,” Hunter warned. During the live stream, the Euphoria star is seen responding to a fan asking for a picture with her. She goes on to explain the situation to the fan and that, “I’m very upset at this place right now because they’re transphobic. They didn’t let my assistant in because she’s trans.”

The fan is initially shocked once she learns of the transphobic response and decides to leave the establishment as well. Hunter then ended the live stream by saying, “They suck. Internet, do what you do– take them out.”

The nightclub has since issued an apology on its Instagram page distancing itself from the incident. In their post, the nightclub wrote, “He who has made one mistake and does not correct it, commits another. Electronic music is love and not hate. Anyone who does not respect the principles of electronic music has no place in our colorful world,” the message reads.

“We apologize at this point to Hunter Schafer and your company for the misunderstanding at our door during the night from Saturday to Sunday. This kind of thing has no place in our world and simply must not happen,” the apology continues. “We hereby expressly distance ourselves from any form of discrimination. After a conversation with the corresponding security employee, he was kicked out today. We, the Silq are and remain an LGBT-friendly club and look forward to many more great nights with you.”

Unfortunately, transphobia is still part of our society. It is admirable that Hunter bravely used her platform to bring this situation to light. Discrimination against LGBTQ+ people continues to be rampant across the world. It is empowering to see young LGBTQ+ individuals standing up for themselves and using the internet to bring to light these incidents. We need to be able to speak on these issues as soon as they happen so they can be addressed.

About the Author:

Christine Siamanta Kinori grew up in a little village in Kenya known as Loitoktok near the border of Kenya and Tanzania. All she wanted to do when she grew up was to explore the world. Her curiosity led her to join Nairobi University to pursue a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. She later got a job with an amazing travel magazine Nomad Africa which gave her the opportunity to explore Africa. She also writes for numerous travel websites about Africa and tries to create a new narrative in the media about our aesthetic continent.

Christine claims to have somewhat unhealthy addiction to TV and reading, as it is a fun way to keep herself occupied during the long journeys for her travel writing. She is also a believer of letting people be their beautiful selves. To her, love is love and it is the greatest gift we have as humans.

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