A transgender man was left feeling disgusted and ashamed after being refused service at a barbershop and told "we don't cut women's hair."
James, who did not wish to give his surname, claims he was turned away from Horwich Barber in Bolton on Saturday.
The 20-year-old, who transitioned two years ago, visited the barber in Greater Manchester for a haircut at around 4.30pm.
Having visited the salon three times before, he entered the shop and asked staff if they were still open.
But he was shocked to be told "we are open but we don't cut women's hair", he told Manchester Evening News (MEN).
James spoke out to highlight the issues people face
James, a pub chef, said: “It was shocking as I have been before. Since transitioning, things haven’t been the easiest to talk about or anything like that.
“I felt disgusted being treated like I didn’t even matter. I felt so bad and ashamed of my body. Due to me being transgender, being called a woman is very hurtful and disrespectful."
James told how he was forced to leave the premises and left feeling ashamed of his body after being misgendered.
He said he spoke out to raise awareness of the issue while many people are still scared to leave their homes for fear of being misgendered.
The 20-year-old claims he had visited the shop on three previous occasions
“It would be good to put a highlight on this issue due to there being so many people who are scared to go outside without being judged on what they look like or sound like, and scared of being misgendered," he said.
The Mirror Online has contacted Horwich Barber for comment.
A spokesperson for the barbershop told the MEN: “I am out of the country in Turkey but a staff member kindly explained we only have barbers qualified for men's haircuts.
“We are not qualified to cut long hair.”