December 19, 2012

About two years ago, 53-year-old Savanna DeLong changed her name and let people know she was making the physical transition from a man to a woman.  DeLong said that most everyone was sympathetic, except one business where she said she worked. Her complaint has now turned into a lawsuit. And it could become the most significant legal challenge to alleged 'gender identity' discrimination in Columbus, since the city law was changed four years ago. “It’s who I am. It’s at the core of my being. I always have felt this way,” said Savanna DeLong. DeLong said she started working about 12 years ago as a licensed massage therapist at Columbus' downtown Capital Club, located in the Huntington Center. She said she eventually bartended and helped with parties at the club. About two years ago when she announced her intentions to become a transsexual, she says the club management called her in.  “After some discussion, it was decided they wished to part ways and not use me anymore as a massage therapist,” said DeLong.