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Transgender woman labelled a ‘crazy Santa thing’ by Winter Wonderland security

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A transgender woman felt “personally discriminated against” after security initially denied her access to a festive theme park for dressing as Ms Claus.

The woman, who did not wish to be named, encountered this at London’s Hyde Park Winter Wonderland earlier this month.

After queuing in the cold for more than 45 minutes, the woman and her friends reached security.

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Her friend Daniel, who was with her at the time of the incident, called what followed a “transphobic attack.”

He said they “were stopped at the main gates by a security man who said: ‘He can’t come in dressed like that’, referring to my friend who was dressed as Ms Claus.

“When we asked him to specify why, he stated: ‘No-one is allowed to be dressed as Santa.

“‘The crazy Santa thing is not allowed here.'”

Daniel said that “we found that odd, as there were eight or nine people in the distance dressed like Santa.”

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Security guidelines state that customers may be refused entry if they are in possession of certain prohibited items.

However, the official Winter Wonderland website noted that there is no dress code other than to “dress appropriately” in colder weather.

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