Did This Austin Bar Discriminate Against Gay Customers?
A bar situated in an Austin, Texas, gayborhood has come under fire after its owners allegedly turned away gay patrons, Houston’s CBS-affiliated station KHOU reports.
The Red Room bar, which reportedly used to cater to gay people and is located on the Fourth Street gay strip in Austin, is accused of denying gay customers after its owners hired a new promoter. The club’s former bartender, Josh Moon, told KHOU that things changed on July 19.
"It’s been a gay bar. They opened up on Fourth Street as a gay bar," Moon said. "They pulled all the bartenders in the back and they said, ’Well, we’re not going to call this a gay bar anymore, we’re going to call it a straight bar.’"
Although Moon claims gay customers were asked to leave because of their sexual orientation, the bar’s owners’ lawyers say that a private party rented the bar for the night and it was the private party that refused customers, which is legal.
Moon, however, says a Facebook invitation for that night does not say anything about a private party and that Red Room calls the night a "Grand Opening."
"I think they were going to make it a continued thing and bring these people back every weekend, because that’s how they made it sound to us," Moon told the station.