Is This British Gay Bar Discriminating Against Straight People?
BY Daniel Reynolds
August 12 2014 1:53 PM ET
A gay bar has come under fire for what some say is an exclusionary policy against straight people.
The Bulldog Tavern, which is the self-advertised “oldest gay bar in Brighton,” has drawn complaints for a sign that reads, “This is a gay venue for gay clientele and their friends only.”
The Argus, a local U.K. publication, reports that some natives of the city, situated in southern England, have called the policy “discrimination” against the heterosexual population.
“I do not see how this is allowed,” said Gavin Kinsey, a disgruntled Brightonian. “No other business would be allowed to discriminate against gay people, so what gives them the right to display the sign?”
“I think it’s unnecessary. Everyone knows it’s a gay bar and that sign seems discriminatory,” added Patricia Weller.
The Equality Act 2010 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the United Kingdom. But a bartender at the Bulldog objected to claims that the sign is proclaiming a prejudiced policy.
“It’s just establishing that this is a gay venue. That’s all it is,” he said. “It’s just so people know what we are. They are all welcome to come in.”