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Starbucks barista says she was fired for religious beliefs after refusing to respect pronouns

James grabs the Starbucks cup with his name on it
James grabs the Starbucks cup with his name on it Photo: YouTube screenshot/Starbucks UK

Two years after she was fired from a Starbucks store in Apex, North Carolina, a devout Christian and former barista is speaking to far-right media about her dismissal over accusations of “homophobia.”

“If I see you are a man, and I call you a woman, that is lying,” Taylor Trice said about Starbucks policy asking employees to use customers’ preferred pronouns. “That is identifying you as something that God did not create you to be. And it’s identifying you as something that Satan wants to identify you as, and Satan’s ultimate goal is to confuse you and deceive you about your identity.” 

Last week, Trice posted to TikTok about her firing two years ago, saying she felt the Starbucks store’s LGBTQ+ policy didn’t “go along with God’s word.” 

“I was used to Starbucks putting out their decorations and stuff during the month of June,” she said in the TikTok video, which has since been removed. “It was just that this particular year, they went a little bit beyond the rainbow, and things were starting to taste sour and not sweet.”

Soon enough, Trice was amplifying that saccharine analogy and other complaints on Fox News Digital, where she explained she started working for the coffee chain because they offered tuition assistance.

“Prior to working at Starbucks, I knew nothing about it except that it was considered a bougie coffee shop,” Trice said. “So I didn’t know that it was a very liberal company.”

Trice told Fox she considered a handwritten explanation of pronouns on display during Pride Month not family-friendly and claims other employees agreed.

The former barista said management was “getting very defensive” when she had “given them a warning.”

“‘You guys might want to be careful because this can be taken the wrong way,” Trice said she alerted her bosses. “‘We have families and children coming in here, and they’ll read that.'”

She added that it’s “‘probably not best for public display to have that written on the glass walls.'”

“I just felt like that didn’t need to be added to the decorations,” Trice told Fox.

Trice said the power of a “small sin” — like calling someone a pronoun that “God did not create” — can’t be underestimated.

Left unsaid was if the fired barista’s TikTok story and Fox News Digital appearance were the prelude to a lawsuit accusing Starbucks of religious discrimination — but it sure sounded like it.

“With all those factors combined, I say, respectfully, “‘Hey, I’m willing to call you by your name; I’m willing to avoid using pronouns, but it’s against my faith to lie and say that you are a woman if I know that you are a man.'” 

A Starbucks spokesperson told LGBTQ Nation, “We can’t comment on this private employment matter. However, Starbucks expects all partners — employees — to abide by company policies and standards, including anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policies.”

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