‘Heterophobia’ as hotel bans straights May 28, 2007Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, discrimination against lesbians, Equal Opportunity Act, Gay, Heterophobia, Heterophobic, heterosexual discrimination, Homosexual, homosexual hotel, hotel bans heterosexuals, straight, The Peel Hotel.
An Australian hotel popular with gay men has won the right to refuse entry to heterosexuals and lesbians, officials and the owner said Monday.
The Peel Hotel in Melbourne won an exemption from the Equal Opportunity Act to prevent insults and abuse directed toward gays in its bars and nightclubs, owner Tom McFeely told AFP.
“The hotel predominantly markets itself towards homosexual males, towards gay men and we want to protect the integrity of the venue as well as continue to make the men feel comfortable,” McFeely said.
“When large numbers of heterosexuals or even lesbians are in the hotel that changes the atmosphere and many gay men can feel uncomfortable.”
The landmark decision by a civil tribunal gives the establishment — which does not offer accommodation — the right to refuse entry to people considered a threat to the safety and comfort of its patrons.
Helen Szoke, the chief executive of the Victoria state government’s Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, said the Peel Hotel’s gay clientele had experienced harassment, hostility and violence.
“(They) also have felt as though they’ve been like a zoo exhibit with big groups of women on hens’ parties coming to the club,” she said.
Hoteliers chasing the pink tourist pound have joined criticism of a law outlawing discrimination against homosexuals.
The hotels, which cater for the thriving “exclusively gay” tourism market, say that they should be exempt from the Sexual Orientation Regulations as they will be forced to accept heterosexual guests.
Some say that a ban on “gay only” advertising could put them out of business.
There were also concerns that some heterosexual couples might be unhappy if they unwittingly booked into a gay hotel.
John Bellamy, who runs Hamilton Hall, in Bournemouth, described the new laws as “discrimination against gays”. He said: “We are a unique venue and we only admit gay and bisexual men. Under this law, we would go out of business. This so-called anti-discrimination law is actually discriminatory as it discriminates against gays.”
Another hotelier, Mark Hurst, co-owner of the exclusively gay Guyz hotel, in Blackpool, said that his gay clientele would feel uncomfortable mixing with straight customers.
The hotel had been catering for the gay market for the past 20 years, but only went “exclusive” last year because of customer demand.
He said: “It’s not all good news at all. I don’t welcome it one little bit. We intend to stay ‘men only’ exclusively for as long as we can.
“When we had a mixed environment, with gay, bi and heterosexual customers, people didn’t behave as they naturally would.
Lawsuit Questions Gay Roommate Preference February 1, 2007Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, Gay, Gay Roommate Preference, Heterophobic, Heterophobic Discrimination, Heterosexual, Homosexual, homosexual Roommate Preference, Lawsuit.
Everyone knows finding a roommate is an exercise in futility-when it’s not a real-live reality show, “Weirdoes of the World.” In New York especially, where rents have reached, as the New York Times put it (in an article about the booming business in private detectives ratting out people renting under false premises), rents have reached “the exosphere,” finding a roommate is a not-so-small cottage industry.
That’s why a recent case in California’s Ninth Circuit Court in Pasadena is raising eyebrows. The case brings up a host of issues about stating specific preferencing in roommate ads, not least of which is sexual orientation.
The suit alleges that advertising such preferences is, in fact, discriminatory and violates longstanding and sacrosanct federal Fair Housing statutes. The Fair Housing Council’s of the San Fernando Valley and San Diego against Roommates.com filed the suit. Although it has yet to be decided, both housing groups have been looking at Craig’s List ads as well.
They’ll probably find plenty to buttress their argument. Craig’s List’s roommate ads have become notorious for the finicky and sometimes downright kinky specifications.
According to the Ninth Circuit lawsuit, if a straight woman were to advertise that she is seeking a gay male roommate, it could be seen as potentially discriminatory towards applicants who aren’t gay males. For the record, Craig’s List posts “stating a discriminatory housing post is illegal” at the top of its real estate pages.
On any given day in New York, however, a city that is universally acknowledged to be bursting at the seams, thousands of people are looking for a place to live. For those without the means to afford their own space-and in New York’s hyperinflated real estate market-that includes many, many more souls than anywhere else in the United States-finding a roommate with an apartment and lease is often their only hope.
Gay rights groups push hate crime bill December 5, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Congress, Discriminate, Discrimination, Gay, Hate Crime, racism and discrimination, same-sex marriage.
WASHINGTON – The gay-rights movement suffered a setback in last month’s midterm election when seven states passed initiatives banning same-sex marriage or domestic partnerships. But with Democrats about to take control of Congress, some of its other legislative goals appear within reach – including making violence against gays a hate crime and outlawing workplace discrimination.
With the realignment of the House and Senate next month, gay and lesbian groups say they are tantalizingly close to having enough votes to ensure passage of at least the hate crimes bill, and perhaps the discrimination measure, which once failed in the Senate by one vote.
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MINNEAPOLIS — A city panel recommended yesterday that officials fire Bonnie Bleskachek, the nation’s first openly lesbian big-city fire chief, following lawsuits filed by firefighters accusing her of harassment and discrimination.Bleskachek had agreed to step down, but the city’s executive council unanimously rejected a negotiated deal after a closed-door meeting.
“She was pretty stunned ,” said Bleskachek’s lawyer, Jerry Burg.
Mayor R. T. Rybak had announced the agreement in a letter to the city’s executive council in which he wrote that he no longer had confidence in Bleskachek as chief. Neither Rybak nor City Council members would immediately explain why the deal was blocked.
Bleskachek, 43, was hailed as a trailblazer when she was promoted to the top job two years ago, but her tenure has been troubled.
Three female firefighters have sued, alleging various acts of discrimination and sexual harassment. Two of the lawsuits were settled, but this month a male firefighter brought a lawsuit alleging he was denied advancement because he is male and not gay.
Heterosexual Ex-LAPD Officer Alleges Discrimination By Gay Supervisors November 27, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Gay, Heterophobic, Heterophobic Discrimination, Homosexual, Lawsuit, Lesbian, Police.
LOS ANGELES — A heterosexual former Los Angeles police officer is suing the department, alleging she was fired after complaining about alleged discrimination by her gay supervisors, according to court papers obtained Monday. Cindy S. Perez, who alleges wrongful termination, sexual orientation discrimination and retaliation, is asking for unspecified general and punitive damages. Lt. Paul Vernon, an LAPD spokesman, declined to comment on the lawsuit filed last Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
“Being that this is a court case is in litigation, there is nothing I can really say about it,” Vernon said.
Perez, 38, of Buena Park, was hired by the LAPD as an officer in July 1994 and was assigned to the Pacific Division in 2000, according to her court papers.”(Perez) was aware that LAPD’s Pacific Division was and had been a lesbian-friendly environment and had treated non-lesbian females … differently,” her lawsuit states.Heterosexual female officers at the division were targeted for harassment and negative employment actions and were not given the same opportunities as lesbians, she alleges.
Bill making discrimination against homosexuals punishable by prison November 24, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Congress, Discriminate, Discrimination, ethnicity, Gay, Gays, gender, Homosexual, Law, News, prison, Race, racism and discrimination, Religion, same-sex, sexual orientation.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil: Brazil’s lower house of Congress has passed a bill making discrimination against homosexuals a crime punishable by at least a year in jail, the bill’s sponsor said Friday.
The bill, passed Thursday, makes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation a crime equal to discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender and national origin — which have carried prison sentences since 1989, said Congresswoman Iara Bernardi.
The bill now goes before the Senate, which has not yet set a date to vote.
Betto de Jesus, director of the Sao Paulo-based Brazilian Association of Gays, Lesbians and Transgendered People, said the law would give homosexuals federal protection for the first time.
“We always wanted to have homophobia be considered a crime equal to racism,” he said.
Heterophobic Police Officer Threatens Christians August 8, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in 2008 election, activist, Allen, arrest, Bible, Card, Christian, Christians, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, constitutional amendment, Cop, Fort Lauderdale, Gay, Headrophobic, Headrosexual, Heterophobic, Heterophobic-Activist, Homosexual, intimidation, Petition, Police, Police Officer, Promise Keepers, Sgt. Allen, signatures, Sunrise city police, Sunrise city police department, Threaten.
A homosexual-activist police officer assigned to security at a Promise Keepers men’s conference in Florida is being investigated for threatening members of a Christian organization petitioning for a state constitutional marriage amendment.
“I have never in my life seen such unprofessional and bizarre behavior from a law enforcement officer,” said John Stemberger, the president and general counsel of the Florida Family Policy Council.
Gays Accused of Heterophobic Discrimination July 28, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in Accused, baby makers, Bowersock, breeders, Cape Cod, Dahl, Discrimination, Gay, gay marriage, Gays, harassment, hate crimes, Headrophobic, Henry J. Dahl, Heterophobic, Heterophobic Discrimination, Heterosexual, Joe Solmonese, marriage, Massachusetts, New England, Provincetown, same-sex, Solmonese, Steve Bowersock, straight.
Provincetown, New England’s summer gay capital, is facing a rise in harassment and discrimination. But this time it’s straight people who say they are being ridiculed as “breeders” and “baby makers.”
Less than a decade after a successful campaign to end violent paroxysms of “gay bashing” in the beach town at the tip of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, police and town officials report a resurgence in tension between gays and straight people.
Police Chief Ted Meyer said straight people complained of being called “breeders” over the July Fourth holiday weekend, and that in one serious incident a man was charged with assaulting a woman who signed a petition to ban same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, the only state where it is legal.
South Africa: Homosexuals Discriminate Against Heterosexuals and Women because it’s “Necessary” for Democracy July 19, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discrimination, Gay, gender discrimination, Gender Equality, Heterosexual, Homosexual, Lesbian, South Africa, Women.
– It’s okay for guest houses catering to a homosexual clientele to discriminate against heterosexual couples, women, and lesbians, the Commission on Gender Equality ruled recently, saying it is a “necessity in our democratic society.”
The Human Rights Commission received an official complaint against two Amsterdam guest houses over a year ago, stating that the resorts were billed as “men only.” The Gay and Lesbian Alliance initiated the action after claiming to receive 107 complaints of discrimination from women, lesbians and heterosexual couples who had been turned away, Pretoria News reported yesterday.
Israel flyers advocate killing of gays July 13, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in Discrimination, Gay, Gay Pride, Hate Speech, Homosexual, Human Rights, Israel, Murder, Religion.
Flyers offering cash rewards for the killings of homosexuals participating in the upcoming World Pride Jerusalem Parade have been distributed in the city.
The flyers, which promise nearly $5,000 to “anyone who causes the death of one of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah,” were found in mailboxes in several Jerusalem neighborhoods, including the ultra-orthodox Mea Shearim area, the Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday.
Ynetnews.com reported the flyers, distributed by a group called the “Red Hand for Redemption,” decried the march, scheduled for Aug. 10, saying: “During this parade, 300,000 corrupt animals are anticipated to march through the holy city of Jerusalem, waiting avidly for the chance to put themselves on display before our children and our sacred Torah. They will try as hard as they can to defile as many of our innocent children as they can,” Ynetnews.com reported.
The Jerusalem Post said there have been several unconfirmed anonymous reports that the event’s organizers were considering moving it to Tel Aviv