‘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.
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.
Will Ferrell’s New Movie ‘Talladega Nights’: Racist, Heterophobic, and Anti-Christian August 11, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in Adam McKay, anti-Christian, Anti-Semitic, Anti-White, Bigoted, Card, Christian, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discrimination, Headrophobic, Heterophobic, Homosexual, Movie Talladega Nights, NASCAR, Nights, racing, Racism, Racist, Ricky Bobby, Sony, Sony Pictures, Talladega, Talladega Nights, The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Tom Snyder, White, Will Farell, Will Ferrell, Will Ferrell's New Movie.
Will Hollywood and the news media repudiate Will Ferrell’s ridicule
of Southern white Christian males as well as Mel Gibson’s Anti-Semitic comments?
Don’t hold your breath!
By Dr. Ted Baehr with Dr. Tom Snyder
This week, in the wake of the media storm over Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic comments during a drunk-driving arrest, one of the six major Hollywood studios will release a comedy starring self-described lefty Will Ferrell, called TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY. A satire of the NASCAR racing scene, the movie is a racist, bigoted work that ridicules the Bible Belt, Southern white men, Christianity, Jesus Christ, the family, and American masculinity.
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.