The librarians at Florida Atlantic University could use a lesson or ten in manners.
Abdul Asquith (pictured) is an openly gay senior majoring in communications. When he went to check out a laptop from the school library last week, the librarian turned him away. He told his local news station in an interview: “She looked at the ID and looked down at it. She said, ‘You sound, look and act like a girl and in this ID is a man, therefore I’m not giving you a laptop.'”
Asquith said that he sometimes wears feminine clothes, but on this particular day he was wearing an FAU hoodie, shorts, and had his long hair pulled back. He also claims that he had been using the campus-issued ID without any problems since March 2012.
Asquith said the situation left him “distraught and embarrassed.” He was eventually able to check out a laptop, but he had to ask three different librarians before finally being given access one.
“If I don’t speak out, who’s going to speak out?” he said. “People need to start speaking out and addressing this every time this happens.”
So far, the university is not responding to calls, emails, or requests for comment.