Apparently American businesses are now seeking getting their bigotry crowdfunded, they are not even waiting for there to BE a gay customer.
not much good for a business to whore to a niche market and not tell their employees to grow up
before the internet – you had to get media coverage to get out the word – from 1992
When I was the news editor at Angles, Vancouver’s original queer community paper, we ran stories about queer people being refused service at major chain stores.
To discriminate is to remove a person’s dignity.
Anyone who is seeking goods or services that are lawfully provided is entitled to make purchases.
Business exist because of the social infrastructure – taxes paid to government creates roads, power supply and safety.
Business do not have to hire an army to defend their supply lines, inventory or shop.
As such, there is no valid reason to refuse service to anyone and even the claim of “no shirt, no shoes no service” was not about health regulations but sexual body squeamishness and puritanical control of others.
People can hold whatever beliefs they have in their private life – but when it comes to the working world – you are not on your time anymore – you are on everyone’s time.
First come first serve and line jumping is discouraged.
I remember a guy came into the Angles office.
he was out of breath and red with fury – and he wanted me to tell his incident story about the local transit being homophobic.
He described approaching the bus and the driver giving him a look and pulling away – he chased the bus three stops and was jerked around every time.
Finally he gave up and walked straight into the newspaper office.
I had taken notes and when he finished I said “Okay.”
I looked at him.
He was wearing jeans, a white t-shirt with nothing on it and a black overcoat, no lapel pins at all – an outfit common on the streets at the time, he looked like Vancouver’s Bryan Adams – only buffer and a bit cuter.
“How does the bus driver know you’re gay?”
gee and such a butch business name too