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Formal charges filed against bar in transgender complaint case

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KPTV FOX 12 Oregon
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January 30, 2013

Oregon's labor commissioner has filed formal charges of unlawful discrimination against a north Portland bar. The investigation into the Twilight Room Annex, formerly known as the P Club, began last August. The Bureau of Labor and Industries said the bar's owner, Chris Penner, left phone messages asking a group of transgender customers to stop visiting his business. The group, known as the Rose City T-Girls, said they had been going to the P Club on Friday nights for two years. State investigators said the phone message from Penner said the group was harming business by creating a perception that the P Club is a "tranny bar." In an interview with Fox 12 in August 2012, Penner said he has gay employees and added that customers who are racist or homophobic are kicked out of the bar.