More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
UPDATE: Orlando McDonald’s Fires Manager Who Denied Transgender Teenager Employment
An Orlando, Fla. McDonald’s has fired a manager after he refused to hire Zikkeria Bellamy, a 17-year-old transgender applicant.
According to the CBS 6, the McDonald’s issued a statement saying: "Sand Lake Road McDonald’s has a strict policy prohibiting any form of discrimination or harassment in hiring, termination, or any other aspect of employment in the organization. The restaurant requires all employees to comply with local, state and federal employment laws."
According to Bellamy, after the manager discovered she was a transgender person, he left a voicemail message saying: “You will not get hired.” “We do not hire fa**ots.” He also declined to interview her, according to a press release from the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, the organization representing Bellamy.
In its statement, McDonald’s further condemned the manager’s actions saying: "The behavior of the individual in question is not reflective of the employment policies in the organization. Further, this individual acted outside the scope of his authority and was not responsible for hiring. The individual in question is no longer employed by the restaurant.”
While this is step in the right direction, Bellamy’s attorney, Michael Silverman noted that it’s only a first step.
"We're asking [the Florida Commission on Human Relations] to take the complaint and make sure that McDonald's takes appropriate steps to make sure that this doesn't happen again," Silverman said.
He is also urging McDonald’s to include gender identity protections in its corporate employment policy and urging Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), now pending in Congress that would protect LGBT people from being fired for who they are.
GLAAD will continue to urge media attention for Zikerria Bellamy’s story.