DENVER (CBS4)– Biker clubs often complain they are discriminated against. State lawmakers are debating a bill that would protect motorcyclists from fashion discrimination.
“My friends and cohorts have been asked to leave because of the clothes they’re wearing,” said Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club member Riff Raff Verschuy. “Some gave all and we feel we deserve to be able to go where we want for the freedom we fought for.”
Verschuy is an Air Force veteran and a member of the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club. He and fellow member Ray “Nite Train” Hoskinson are tired of bikers being thrown out of restaurants and stores because of how they dress.
“Not every biker is a troublemaker any more than every Muslim is a terrorist,” said Hoskinson.
State Representative Joe Miklosi, a Democrat representing Denver, is sponsoring a bill to ban discrimination against leather-clad motorcyclists with patches showing their affiliation. The bill would add unconventional attire to a list of protected categories alongside religion, race and sex.
“A young gentleman carrying a six-month-old child to buy baby formula was escorted out by overzealous security because they didn’t like his attire. That’s wrong. That’s discrimination,” said Miklosi.
Miklosi is running against Rep. Mike Coffman, a Republican representing District 6. He disagrees with opponents who claim the bill is politically motivated.
“I’m a First Amendment disciple. I want to make sure they’re not judged by their attire when they walk into an establishment to buy a burger,” said Miklosi.
“This is part of our speech. This tells who we are, what we fought for,” said Verschuy.