We want to say THANK YOU to everyone who reached out to us over the weekend about the post we made during the Women’s March. We were experiencing a really high volume of customers coming from the march and wanted to make it clear that folks participating in Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminism (aka TERFS) were not welcome. This message created a really valuable dialogue about the importance of safe spaces and inclusivity. We are a trans/queer POC owned business and a majority of the folks who work with us identify as trans/queer. As you can understand, celebrating intersectionality as a means of resistance is a huge cornerstone of who we are as a business. And to be perfectly honest, we did not feel comfortable serving people whose politics actively cause harm to trans people.
As a result, we faced some retaliation on social media. We started receiving a flurry of 1-star reviews from people who wanted to hurt our business because we are vocal about our beliefs. BUT THEN SOMETHING AMAZING happened. We started receiving HUNDREDS of 5-star reviews with beautiful messages of love and support from folks all around the country. In addition to the very kind reviews, we also received a ton of messages of appreciation and support from friends and strangers a like. We can’t tell y’all how much your love means to us.
We hold our customers dear to us because their support over the years has made it possible for us to find our own true identities and in turn create a space for others to do the same. We are a vegan restaurant but more than that we are a business that strives to empower people to express themselves freely. We want the people we work with to feel safe and celebrated, we want our customers to see trans people thriving.
The outpouring of support that we received makes us want to push even harder for a safer and brighter future of inclusion of all trans people fighting for equality.
And to celebrate, we will be donating a 10% of our sales this week to TGI Justice Project— an incredible organization of trans, gender variant, and intersex people fighting against human rights abuses of trans people.