Apparently some folks in Iowa are HEATED that a local upscale salon provided services to #IvankaTrump. Word got out about her visit largely because the salon posted a photo she took with Iowa Governor #KimReynolds. It must be noted the salon is located near Iowa's state capitol, which means it attracts lots of politicians doing business in the state. It's previous clientele has even included Barack Obama.
Nevertheless, many of the salon's liberal clients found Ivanka's visit offensive, charging the business with being more concerned with money than the rights of its LGBT employees. Some even went so far as to say that the salon should have DENIED Ivanka services
if they truly cared for their employees.
A quote from a patron via Newsweek reads:
"Do you know how much money I spend at Salon Spa W? I get my nails and hair done there exclusively, and literally have my appointments booked till years end. THIS makes me not want to give you another penny, and makes me really REALLY angry for all your amazing LGBTQ staff whose lives these women threaten. Please take this down." None of the salon's LGBT staff have been reported to have protested Ivanka's visit. But even if they had, their reasons wouldn't have been sufficient, as styling someone's hair doesn't require anyone to breach their sincerely convictions. Certainly, one can opt out of styling Invanka's hair on principle, but it would be due to their personal feelings against the person, not some moral conundrum they'd suffer from rendering that specific service.
I share this because there is surely someone out there who will compare this scenario to the Christian bakery case. Yet, such a comparison would be a false equivalent. A Christian bakery refusing to design a "gay wedding cake" isn't the same as an LGBT stylist refusing to style Invanka's hair. Now if a Christian bakery altogether refused services to a gay couple - meaning they wouldn't even allow them to set foot in the bakery for ANY service/cake, THAT would be discrimination...just like it's discrimination to suggest the salon should have altogether denied Ivanka services, simply because of her politics/being the President's daughter.