Eastern: Man booted over dress, ECU creates safe zones

News Notes: Carolinas

by Lainey Millen  Special Assignments  specialassignments@goqnotes.com
Published: July 23, 2011 in Carolinas News Notes

Man booted over dress

WALLACE, N.C. — It seems that wearing a dress to the Pizza Hut is not favored upon by its restaurant personnel, at least by Vishon Murphy, a man who did just that in mid-July when he went in to pick up food. “As soon as I walked in the general manager told me that I cannot be in the restaurant because I was dressed in ‘drag,’ in women’s clothing, and he asked me to leave,” Murphy told news station WECT-TV.

Spokesmen from Pizza Hut said that Murphy was “disruptive” and had failed to make purchases during his three visits there. Customer complaints resulted in the ouster, WECT-TV added.

Murphy only wanted to be treated with respect as others are. He realized that being a “drama queen” did not win him points, but he wanted to “make more than a fashion statement.”

ECU earmarks safe zones

GREENVILLE, N.C. — On June 10, East Carolina University continued its work to provide safe zones on campus by identifying restrooms that are gender-neutral and single-occupancy. This response was made possible for transgender and alternate gender identity people by the LGBT Resource Office.

Additionally, the Department of Sociology and the Women’s Studies Program are offering new classes in the fall to address the evolution and history of the LGBT community.

The center, located at B-103 Brewster Building, is headed by Summer Wisdom. For more information, call 252-737-4451 or visit ecu.edu/lgbt.