‘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.
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.
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.