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College librarian denies LGBT student use of school laptop because he looked feminine

"I was distraught, for one. And I was embarrassed because of the students that were behind me," the student said


Katie McDonough
October 28, 2013 8:03PM (UTC)

Florida Atlantic University senior Abdul Asquith just wanted to get some studying done, but was instead confronted with one university librarian's bigotry after she refused to loan him a laptop to work on because she thought he looked too feminine.

After looking at his student ID, Asquith says the librarian told him, “You sound, look and act like a girl and in this ID is a man; therefore, I’m not giving you a laptop."

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Asquith, an LGBT student, had to go through three other librarians before he was able to borrow a laptop.

"I was distraught, for one. And I was embarrassed because of the students that were behind me [in line]," Asquith said, adding that he decided to share his story so that daily incidents of anti-LGBT intolerance don't go unreported.

"If I don't speak out, who is going to speak out? People need to start speaking out and addressing [discrimination] every time this happens," he said.

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The university has yet to comment on the matter.


Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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