Deli Changes “Gay” Sandwich Name

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com February 15 2011 10:05 AM ET

A popular Brooklyn deli has changed the offensive names of sandwiches, including one offering called the “Gay Boy,” upon opening a new location.

The New York Post reports on the switch at Hana Food, where customers coined names including “Gay Boy,” “Butter Face,” and “The Illegal” for sandwiches made at the Williamsburg location.

Owner James Lee changed the names in response to employee complaints after his deli opened a new location in Bushwick.

“‘Gay Boy,’ an egg, vegan bacon, vegan cheese, avocado, sprouts and sun-dried tomato wrap, was crossed out on menus and replaced with ‘Garden Boy,’” reports the Post.

In addition, “The egg, turkey, jack cheese, jalapeno and avocado on pita changed from ‘The Illegal’ to ‘South of the Border,’ and the vegan sausage sandwich was changed from ‘Butter Face’ to ‘Farmer's Tan.’”