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‘Gay Dogs’ Not Allowed, Australian Restaurant Tells Guide Dog Owner

April 27, 2010

Thanks to @goldencaesar, who has just sent this around on Twitter.

A RESTAURANT in a northwest suburb of Adelaide that refused a blind man entry because it thought his guide dog was “gay” was ordered by the Equal Opportunity Tribunal to pay him $1500.

The (Adelaide) Sunday Mail said Ian Jolly, 57, was barred from dining at the Thai Spice restaurant in May 2009 after a staff member mistook his guide dog Nudge for a “gay dog,” a tribunal heard this week.

A statement given by restaurant owners Hong Hoa Thi To and Anh Hoang Le said one of the restaurant’s waiters said that Mr Jolly’s partner Ms Chris Lawrence stated “she wanted to bring a gay dog into the restaurant.”

Mr Jolly and Ms Lawrence were refused entry to the restaurant – which displays a “guide dogs welcome” sign – even after providing staff with a guide dogs fact card.

At an Equal Opportunity Tribunal conciliation hearing on Friday, the restaurant agreed to provide Mr Jolly with a written apology and attend an Equal Opportunity education course, in addition to paying him $1500.

“The staff genuinely believed that Nudge was an ordinary pet dog which had been desexed to become a gay dog,” a statement from the hearing said.

Mr Jolly said while he was happy with the result, the embarrassing incident had dampened his enthusiasm for eating out at restaurants. “It gives you some comfort that Equal Opportunity is there,” he said.

“But I always have that fear now, when I go out.

“I just want to be like everybody else and be able to go out for dinner, to be left alone and just enjoy a meal.”

Thai Spice refused to speak to the Sunday Mail when contacted for comment.

Being a lifelong fan of Neighbours and Home and Away, I have heard many different Australian accents all my life. I think it’s very safe to say that even in the thickest Australian accent, the words ‘guide’ and ‘gay’ sound nothing alike. Besides, readers, I’ve never heard of a gay dog in my life, have you?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jawanza Ipyana permalink
    May 6, 2010 9:05 pm

    well i have heard of gay dogs, its well documented, but point is, why would u refuse a gay dog, or what you send it to an ex-gay ministries to be “healed”

  2. The Infamous Culex permalink
    September 14, 2015 9:53 pm

    (quote)“The staff genuinely believed that Nudge was an ordinary pet dog which had been desexed to become a gay dog,” a statement from the hearing said.(/quote)

    Did nobody bother to think that unexplanatory “explanation” was itself a form of discrimination, this time against homosexualists?

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