Nail salon refuses to give fluid gender singer a manicure because beautician is Muslim
A unisex London salon defended its decision to cancel a nail appointment for a sexually fluid client, saying it was against its beautician’s beliefs to touch a man because she is Muslim.
Andrea Di Giovanni, 26, took to Twitter to blow up Style Studio in Wimbledon, London, over its ‘foul’ decision, but criticized the salon for ‘having the nerve’ to defend its position Wednesday.
The 26-year-old artist, who identifies as ‘they’, claims the salon called them about an hour before the date and asked them their gender – but hearing their voices proclaim that they were “ a man ” and hung up.
However, the Style Studio manager, who only identified herself as Maria, doubled down on her stance, saying that as a Muslim, the esthetician could not touch any man and stating that her esthetician’s services were reserved for women. “ women only ”, although it is a unisex barber shop.
Andrea Di Giovanni who identifies as’ he / she / they ‘, booked to have their nails done in Style Studio, London, but the salon was canceled because their Muslim employee cannot touch a’ man ”
Posting on Twitter, Andrea wrote: ‘I am absolutely disgusted. This nail salon style studio in South Wimbledon called me to cancel the appointment because they don’t nail the man.
“This queerphobic bull ** t in 2021 is unacceptable. I am speechless.’ (sic)
Andrea called on Treatwell, an SEO site that hosts salons, to remove Style Studio due to their position, writing, “ @Treatwelluk, this salon should not be listed on your website.
‘It’s disgusting. Hope you take action. Being discriminated against for my identity is a real crime. ”
The singer, 26, took to Twitter to call the salon ‘queerphobic’ and called for Treatwell’s Style Studio to be removed.
Andrea explained later, “ I was supposed to do my manicure at 6 p.m. but got a call around 5 p.m.
“When she first called and asked me directly, ‘Are you male or female? I was perplexed, because this question asked with this intention seemed transphobic to me anyway.
“Once she heard my voice she said ‘Oh so you’re a man’ and hung up the phone.
“I was shocked – what just happened? But I felt like I had to say something, so I called them on Twitter and Instagram.
‘The owner had the nerve to come back to me, saying she didn’t think they were discriminating.
Style Studio at Wimbledon defended their position, saying that it was not a non-binary or trans issue, but that their employee had the right to practice their religion and that there was a lack of other beauticians due to Covid.
‘She said the only nail technician available was Muslim and for that reason she couldn’t do nails on a man.
To which I replied: “It is even more heinous, in my opinion. You shirk responsibility.
‘She was blaming her employee’s religion – and that would still be discrimination. Religion does not exempt someone from discriminating.
They continued, “ There was a way to go about it – who calls a client an hour before an appointment to inquire about their gender?
Andrea argued that because the salon claims to be ‘unisex’ it should have employees who could work on ‘queer people’
“They present themselves as a unisex salon. The only female treatment listed on the website is massage, which is fair enough.
“It was just very suspicious. Were they making their reservations looking for people to call?
They added, “ If you call yourself a unisex salon, you should have employees who can deal with queer people (instead of men) – trans women are women anyway, so the assumption that I am. a man is already transphobic. ”
However, the Style Studio manager, who only identified herself as Maria, responded by saying that as a Muslim, the esthetician could not touch any man and that her esthetician’s services were reserved for “ women. although it is a unisex hair salon.
Andrea, from Wimbledon, London, claims the salon called them about an hour before the May 19 date and asked them their gender, but after hearing their voices proclaim they were ‘a man’ and hung up.
Maria went on to explain that the esthetician identified Andrea as a male because of his “ male voice ”, but claimed that it was not a non-binary or trans issue at all, as they didn’t know that Andrea was fluid at the time.
Maria said: ‘The call was answered by someone with a’ male voice ‘. The beautician therefore asked to check who was for the appointment.
“ After finding out that the appointment was for Andrea, the esthetician apologized and informed the client that the salon only provided beauty services to women and therefore the appointment could not take place. .
Please note that at this stage, not having seen the person on the other side of the line, the beautician could in no way discriminate against the client on the basis of being transgender or non-binary.
Andrea, who revealed on Twitter that they had their nails done elsewhere the next day, (pictured)
“ It would not be out of place to mention that in the same way that Andrea has stated on all social media platforms that there must be equal treatment towards non-binary or transgender people, I strongly believe that the esthetician has the same right with regard to his religion.
“ The client, without clarifying anything further with myself or the salon, went ahead to post information and abuse on social media.
“ I contacted the client in response and explained to him [them] the reasons for the situation occurred. The response I received was that religion was being used as an excuse to discriminate against him. [them], which I find really unacceptable and bizarre.
She went on to explain that they were primarily a hair salon and could only provide limited beauty services, with an esthetician working at the salon at the moment, due to Covid.
Maria said: “The services are for women only. We have had many male clients who have already inquired about beauty services and had no issues with anyone after clarifying the circumstances and the reasons why we could not provide the service in question.
Andrea said they ‘felt lucky’ to be in a ‘mentally good space’ because the experience could have ‘triggered’ other people of various genders.
“Clients have always respected and understood the religious beliefs and rights of our esthetician.
“ I’m actually quite shocked and outraged that this situation has been taken out of context on such a large level and turned into an issue of discrimination against the transgender and non-binary community, when this fact is irrelevant to the whole situation in question. ‘
Andrea contacted the Treatwell salon listing website about the incident, which responded on social media and said he intended to investigate the matter.
Treatwell said on his Twitter account: “ Thank you very much for letting us know! We are so sorry to hear this.
“Having salons that provide a positive experience for all of our diverse clients is extremely important to us. We are currently investigating this matter and will get back to you as soon as possible.
Andrea contacted the Treatwell salon listing website about the incident, which responded on social media and said she intends to investigate the matter.
Andrea, who revealed on Twitter that they had their nails done elsewhere the next day, argued: “It has to be a safe space for queer people because we have to access our beauty treatments.
“I’m almost 27, I have thick skin, I have a spine. Transphobic episodes are nothing new to me. But I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
“I think they looked at me before the date. Andrea is usually a female given name, so they must have searched for me online.
“If she had called me and told me about the situation, apologized and said ‘How can we find a way around this’ it would still have been bad, but I would not have gone to full throttle.
“I just wanted a manicure, for shit love. I’m lucky to be in a good space – it could have really triggered for someone else.
“These things have an impact on the lives of people of various sexes.”
Treatwell has been contacted for comment.