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The right to be a bigot

22 March 2010

A gay couple were turned away from a Berkshire guest house by the owner who said it was "against her convictions" for two men to share a bed.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8578787.stm

Is it possible to be annoyed that these guys got turned away and yet kind of agree that, no matter how bigoted her opinion might be, as a PRIVATE guest house, the owner should have the right to not take gay couples into her home if it makes her uncomfortable?

If I was running a B&B and some staunch religious zealot would book a room (let's assume I knew he was a religious zealot!), I would be uncomfortable about renting a room to someone who so clearly disapproves of me and my 'life style'. So I would probably refuse him. That makes me a bigot too I suspect. Well, so be it.

A B&B is MUCH more personal than a hotel as you really are staying in someone's house. When I book a B&B, I always check they are gay friendly, either by asking or by checking with gay websites or guide books. It is just not worth the trouble. Most of the time, people say: No problem, I don't know why you even ask. But better to ask than to be turned away, right?

Instead of going to the police to report her, we should work on educating people like her so she's no longer uncomfortable. Otherwise people like her will only feel pushed into a corner against their will. This will only strengthen her beliefs and the fear they are under threat. *Puts on flame-proof trousers*.

2 comments:

Nancy said...

It reminds me of the poor 18 year old who cant go to her highschoolprom because the school wouldnt organise one, because the girl wanted to bring her girlfriend and they wouldnt let her. The girl was also in the Ellen Show.
I wrote a mail to the schooldisctrict to help her, but i dont think that it will work.
Dont get too upset by the woman, she is just ignorant.

Stephen Thomas said...

As much as I'd like it to be the case, I just don't think it'd be possible to educate the homophobia out of people.

This is why it's logical to call it homophobia, because in many ways it is a phobia - an illogical hatred that is bred from ignorance but cultivated by stubbornness.

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