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Canada: Owner of bar apologizes for kicking out two women for kissing

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A lesbian couple in Canada, who were kicking out of a Montreal bar for kissing, has earned an apology from the owner of the bar after the couple gained an outpouring of support according to a report by CBC News on December 3.

According to Jess Goldberg and Carolyn Shaugnessy, they went to Le Manoir for drinks and were surprised when they were approached by the manager and told to stop kissing after they were spotted sharing affection towards each other. Two hours later, when they were spotted kissing again, Goldberg said they were approached again and asked to leave.

Goldberg was very upset about the incident and felt targeted. She instantly went to the bar’s Facebook page and posted a complaint. On the page she wrote:

“This type of discrimination is repulsive…They kicked us out for being gay.”

She also wrote that this was the first same that she has received such treatment and felt like a heterosexual couple wouldn’t have been kicked out. Facebook followers agreed with Goldberg, which prompted the following apology from Peter Sergakis, the owner of Le Manoir after the backlash:

“The isolated incident is in no way a reflection of the values of the said company and its president Mr. Peter Sergakis. I take it upon myself personally to reiterate to my employees those said values and to make sure that they put them to use in all my establishments in the future.”

Sergakis agreed that the manager’s behavior was out of line and that his bars are open to all members of the LGBT community. This incident will assure that his staff will be welcoming. Sergakis is also the owner of one of North America’s largest gay bars located in Montreal.

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