"It just felt so insulting," the 19-year-old said.
By
Stephanie Marie Anderson

24 Oct 2016 - 1:12 PM  UPDATED 24 Oct 2016 - 1:12 PM

Charlie Diesel, a 19-year-old English trans man, was recently refused service at a Tesco Supermarket after the staff did not believe that his ID belonged to him.

Trying to buy tobacco, Diesel - who began transitioning two years ago -  says that he was asked for ID at the Bedford store, which "didn't bother" him because he looks "quite young".

"I handed over my passport, which I got two years ago but he refused to serve me for no reason," he told The Sun.

Saying that he was "furious", Diesel says that his friend then "convinced [him] to go back and get answers".

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Diesel says that upon returning to the store, a manager told him that he was refused service because “the passport presented was that of a female”.

Describing the situation as "unacceptable", Diesel says that “it just felt so insulting.”

“This has never happened to me before," he said. “I have been through border control four times with this passport and never had an issue, but after this it occurred to me this may be happening to lots of people so I had to speak out."

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Despite the manager of the supermarket inviting him back to the store and offering a £20 voucher as a sign of goodwill, Diesel turned it down as a matter of principle.

“In this day and age, when the transgender community are not hiding themselves, people just cannot be allowed to discriminate.”

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Tesco said that while it is "never our intention to cause any offence," Diesel was "not served as they appeared different to their photo ID".