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Transgender B. Scott

Loses Discrimination Battle with BET

4/17/2014 12:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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BET can dress its hosts however the hell it wants -- even if that means forcing a transgender person to dress like a man -- and that's why the judge threw out B. Scott's discrimination lawsuit.

TMZ broke the story, Scott sued the network, claiming it humiliated him during the BET Awards last year by forcing him to change from women's clothes into men's clothes ... and then yanking him off the show entirely.

But the judge in the case just ruled in the network's favor, dismissing the lawsuit.

The judge ruled BET has the 1st Amendment right to run its shows the way it wants ... and that includes ordering Scott to change from women's to men's clothes ... and that's that.

Scott tells TMZ, "It disheartens me that the message sent today wasn't a message of acceptance, but rather it's acceptable to discriminate against transgender individuals on the basis of their gender identity and expression."

Scott's attorney has said he plans to appeal the decision. 

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Florence    

Well, I never watched BET before, and I sure as hell am never going to now.

Sidenote... I think B. Scott should probably look into the terms 'non-binary', and 'genderqueer', as transgender doesn't REALLY seem to fit him.

I mean, he's the only one who know what he identifies as, at the end of the day, but a trans woman using male pronouns is pretty uncommon.

I say this as someone who is non-binary, myself. I think a lot of people simply don't realize that 'non-binary' is an option. I considered myself cisgender for many years because I simply wasn't aware there was an option between 'cisgender' and 'transgender'. I knew I wasn't transgender, and assumed that meant I had to be cisgender.

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