Rashawn & Beyond: Anti-Violence News for Queer People of Color

The Rashawn Brazell Memorial Fund aims to establish a sustainable tribute to Rashawn that promotes critical thought about the impact of violence and intolerance, particularly upon queer communities of African descent.

Through this blog, we provide action alerts, event postings and breaking news as a means of informing these communities in ways that enable them to combat racism and homophobia.

Monday, December 07, 2009

We Don’t Hire Faggots

Zikkeria Bellamy was served more than a job rejection after applying to McDonalds; she was left a voicemail with an Orlando-based McDonald’s silent hiring policy: they don’t hire faggots. The McDonald’s manager, in a voicemail, called Bellamy a liar, accusing of her of lying to him about her gender and her age.

"Zikkeria Bellamy first applied online to work for the Orlando McDonald’s on July 10, and a manager later asked her to come in for an in-person interview. When Bellamy met the manager and he realized she is trans, he no longer wanted to interview her. Determined, Bellamy visited a second manager in the restaurant on July 28. This manager reportedly told her 'didn’t have time for this.' He followed up his comments with a voice mail message to Bellamy a few hours later: 'It doesn’t matter how many times you go down there, you will not get hired,' the manager said. 'We do not hire faggots. You lied to me. You told me you was a woman. And then you lied to me and told me you were 17. I can’t believe you. You were a lying brother. How could you lie to me? We will never--' "

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) and Bellamy filed a suit against the Orlando-based McDonald’s accusing them of practicing the unfavorable laws of Florida, where it’s currently legal to terminate someone for their gender identity or not hire them at all. TLDEF will cite Florida Civil Rights Act which prohibits sex discrimination.

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Below is the voice mail left by the manager at McDonald's:


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