A Chicago area spa is facing down discrimination allegations, after management told a transgender person he could not use the spa's men's shower area. Levi Pine, a Chicago transgender man, has filed an Illinois Dept. of Human Rights (IDHR) complaint against King Spa & Sauna in Niles, after a manager told him he would have to use a private shower or leave. "The experience I had was particularly degrading," said Pine. Pine has been on masculinizing hormones for a year. When he went to the spa on Dec. 9 with a friend, he used the men's shower facilities. Pine said the manager approached him while he was naked and asked to speak with him. Both the manager and Pine tell the same story about what happened next. The manager, who identified himself as John but declined to provide a last name to Windy City Times, questioned Pine about his gender. Pine told John that he was transgender, and John said he could provide Pine with a private shower. Pine said he did not want a private shower and that he could use the same facilities used by other customers. But, John said, other customers had complained. "We only have a men's spa and a women's spa," John told Windy City Times.
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