March 20, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
‘Tranny stix’ menu item sparks controversy
pizza, gay news, Washington Blade

(Public domain photo by Jon Sullivan)

PORTLAND, Ore.—A local pizza restaurant has removed an item from its menu in response to criticism from advocates who claimed it was transphobic.

Lonesome’s Pizza in downtown Portland described its breadsticks as “tranny stix.” PQ Monthly reported an image of restaurant co-owner Nic Reddy in drag accompanied the menu item.

“The absolute last thing we ever want to do is upset somebody who’s already got a rough road,” Reddy told the newspaper. “The idea of doing that makes us all feel pretty horrible. So, if you’re transgender, we’re all apologies.”

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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