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Aussie homosexual hotel bans heterosexuals from bar


ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP)–“An Australian hotel that caters to homosexuals has been granted the right to ban heterosexuals from its bar.

Though Australia’s equal opportunities laws make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexuality, the Peel Hotel, located in Melbourne, was recently granted a three year exemption from discrimination rules by the Victoria Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Homosexual groups in the Land Down Under have said the exemption was necessary in order to insure a safe environment for homosexuals. However, the hotel’s owner — Tom McFeely, told the Sydney Star Observer, “We don’t really get any violence at the Peel.” He added, “Historically,
the only violence has come from lesbians, particularly when they start fighting around the pool table.”

I usually refrain from commenting on cultural issues outside the United States. There is enough sordid reality and societal silliness occurring in America to keep a writer of opinions quite busy. However, the Aussie situation begs comment.

I can’t help but wonder how in the world the Peel Hotel will go about
enforcing a ban on heterosexuals? Will they just ask and expect patrons to tell? Is there some test they will use? If so, what?

It seems if a heterosexual wants to go to a “gay bar,” he or she can easily gain entrance. There is no way to prove whether or not someone is gay.

I have no idea why a red-blooded heterosexual would want to visit a gay bar, but that is a subject for another column.

A few years ago I took part in a public debate on the issue of homosexual marriage. During the course of the discussion my opponent attempted to equate sexual orientation with race. I challenged my opponent. I said that we can see someone’s race. However, sexuality is not necessarily visible. “Unless you tell me you are a homosexual,” I said, “I really have no way of knowing.”

I suggested a scenario whereby three men are having lunch in a restaurant. One man is Caucasian, one is Asian and the other is black. “We can see the men’s racial characteristics,” I said. “However, the only way we can know if one of the three men is actually a homosexual will be for him to tell us.”

And, of course, there is the thorny issue of bisexuals. Where do they fit in to the Peel Hotel’s grand scheme of things?

The irony of the Hotel Peel seeking to ban heterosexuals is amazing. For years, homosexual activists the world over have maintained that all they want is to be accepted by society and have equal treatment under the law. But in the case of the Hotel Peel, you have a homosexual bar
being granted special status and exemption from its country’s anti-discrimination laws.

I dare say that if an Australian bar sought to ban homosexuals, it would be derided and attacked as homophobic. The liberal Aussie government would never stand for such blatant discrimination. However, it is more than willing to endorse a bar that is obviously hetero-phobic.

Will bans on heterosexuals, like the one at the Hotel Peel, ever take place in America? Anything is possible.

A recent Gallup poll indicates that tolerance for homosexual rights is at an all time high in America. This acceptance is reflected in the fact that neighborhoods, once thought of as “gay ghettos,” are now being populated by heterosexuals.

Recently, CBS carried a report on its web site titled, “Gay Neighborhoods Worry that they are Losing Their Distinct Identity.” With the influx of heterosexuals, gay leaders “around the country fear their enclaves are losing their distinct identities,” the report indicated.

“Gay neighborhoods are becoming ‘Disneyfied’ places, with chain stores and other businesses with little or no overt appeal to gays,” the CBS report said. “What makes these neighborhoods gay? Not much,” Don Reuter, a New York writer researching a book on the rise and fall of gay
neighborhoods in the U.S., told CBS.

Homosexual activists have been successful in gaining acceptance for their lifestyle; so much so that they now resent the presence of heterosexuals in their once distinctively “gay” enclaves. Will they one day seek to restrict heterosexuals from entering their “gay world?” I won’t be shocked if it happens.

It seems that homosexual activists want to be accepted as a normal part of society, while at the same time they want special status in order to maintain “gay only” locales. Does that make them bi-societal or just hetero-phobic?
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Kelly Boggs is editor of the Louisiana Baptist Message. His column appears each week in Baptist Press.

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