Thursday, January 6, 2011

Dixie Tavern apologizes to lesbians

Posted By on Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Wow. What a week for Charlotte's LGBT community. And, for the second time this week, our city's sexual orientation acceptance issues have made the national news. This time, we've got a bar apologizing to a lesbian couple after a Facebook boycott stemming from pathetic, mean-spirited customer service.

From MSNBC and The Charlotte Observer:

Two women who launched a Facebook page to organize a boycott of Dixie's Tavern - after they say they were told the bar didn't want to serve lesbians - have won an apology from the manager and a promise of sensitivity training for the staff.

Tracy Thomas said she and her friend Kelly Johnson created the page after visiting Dixie's Tavern on Seventh Street in uptown Charlotte on Dec. 17 about dinnertime. She says they grew upset after about 20 minutes passed and no waiter came to their table, although waiters were serving tables nearby.

When they finally got to put in their drink order, Thomas said, another 10 minutes passed before it came so they decided to leave. She said a member of the staff asked if they were going to pay for the drinks and they said no.

They said as they walked out that the staffer said, "Good, we don't want to serve lesbians here anyway," followed by cuss words and other degrading comments. Thomas said when her friend burst into tears and asked what the man's name was, he said he was "one of the owners."

"Never, ever would I have dreamed that anybody would be treated like that," Thomas told the Observer Wednesday. "I was just shocked."

Read the rest of this article, by Eric Frazier, here.

People, listen: We can't keep beating up on others because they're different from us in some way. Let's learn to come together to celebrate our differences and help our neighbors.

I'm not a big gospel music fan, but I love sentiment behind the lyrics to this Rhonda Vincent song, "You don't love God if you don't love your neighbor." Give it a listen:

Rhiannon "Rhi" Bowman is an independent journalist who contributes snarky commentary on Creative Loafing's CLog blog four days a week in addition to writing for several other local media organizations. To learn more, click the links or follow Rhi on Twitter.

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