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Trans City Manager Allegedly Harasses Gay Bar

Trans City Manager Allegedly Harasses Gay Bar


A city commissioner in Lake Worth, Fla., has requested an investigation into allegations that the city's transgender city manager has been harassing and attempting to shut down the downtown area's only gay-friendly establishment.

According to, city manager Susan Stanton has "reportedly made claims that the gay bar's activities are not welcome in her town."

Stanton made headlines in 2007 when she was fired from her position as Largo, Fla., city manager after going public about her transgender status.

Gay rights advocate Mike Zewe believes Stanton's goal is have the establishment shut down for good. "Susan Stanton said men in dresses and men dancing with men is offensive, and if we would continue that behavior, we would just have to suffer the consequences," Zewe told local CBS 12 News.

Zewe admits there have been noise complaints about the Cottage, but says they have come from the same four residents on an almost a daily basis since venue began hosting tea dances featuring drag performances.

Protesters -- some of whom dressed in drag -- gathered outside City Hall Tuesday evening demanding that city commissioners open an investigation into the alleged harassment.

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