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Gay man wins constructive dismissal case against ‘London’s oldest gay pub’

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  1. Peter & Michael 13 Jan 2011, 5:02pm

    And this is why we have an Equality Law and no LGBT nor transgendered person should have to face abuse and discrimination in employment and daily life in the UK.

  2. Unfortunately most if not all gay pubs and bars are independent and privately run… The trend generally, lately is that pubs are all being bought up by chains and of course that means if it was a gay place being bought by one of these chains, it’s essentially no longer a gay establishment. It’s shame it’s going this way. I know, with the recession, recession, recession it’s tough for private pubs and other small businesses, but everything selling to chains is destroying cultures and individuality. On the other hand, chains provide more employment and prosperity to an area. But at what cost.

  3. Sounds like a perfect location for an lgbt and hetero kissing flashmob…

    any takers?! Unfortunately I’m not in the country.

  4. dave wainwright 13 Jan 2011, 7:37pm

    Thank Heavens we still have the historic Royal Vauxhall Tavern “The Palladium of Drag ” in which to kiss and canoodle :)

  5. What a shame the LGBT and transgendered community did not purchase the Colherne. It’s history alone could have been enough for one of us to keep it as the icon and safe and profitable ( employment with lousy pay ) house that it was for many of us from the ex colonies. When I was in London in 2008 I went there a couple of times but it was horrible. Dirty and empty of people. So congratulaions for standing your ground and winning in the appeals court.

  6. I loved the Coleherne. used to go there a lot, along with Bromptons etc. To me this should never have happened. These pubs should have stayed gay. Your Government was wrong in closing all the gay bars, especially outside London, where I toured recently. This is a blatant case of “REPRESSION: for gay men and our identity and who we are.

  7. radical53,

    could you please explain the “Your Government was wrong in closing all the gay bars” statement.

    I am not aware of the government closing any bars gay or straight, they don’t really have the power (or the inclination)

    The rest of your post is simply nonsense, and I am being kind to the bewildered.

  8. Jock S. Trap 14 Jan 2011, 7:33am

    Excellent news.

    Like people, companies don’t have the right to treat gay people as lower life-forms.

    Sadly, still in 2011 too many in the LGBT community are. This at least sends out a positive message which I hope those that are abused in the work place will take some comfort from and stand up to make a stand.

  9. the poverty sisters 14 Jan 2011, 9:56am

    It was useful for a pint or two and drown your sorrows when the London HIV Charity Crusaid had sent their HIV staff e-mail advising them to “get another job with a better employer” after requesting a contract of employment with the correct start date – Celebrations were in Full Swing when they then presented them wiv a medal !!!! Mines a Pint. Its fabulous now – really Gay friendly with new management.8-) and lots of Gay People even Gay Police drink in there sometimes rumour has it

  10. Steve@GayWebHosting 14 Jan 2011, 12:25pm

    Yes, congratulations to him. Gay people should not be treated as lesser individuals due to their sexuality. Customers OR staff.

  11. radical53: “These pubs should have stayed gay. Your Government was wrong in closing all the gay bars, especially outside London, where I toured recently. This is a blatant case of “REPRESSION: for gay men and our identity and who we are.”

    Repression my ARSE. The place was empty. It always a craphole anyway.
    Gay bars are not charities, they are a business, and if they lack the custom, they close. Don’t blame the government for closing gay bars, blame the likes of Gaydar that mean men don’t have to spend all night trolling around filthy bars whilst drinking pissy lager all night trying to find a shag.

  12. Dan Filson 15 Jan 2011, 2:06am

    “His compensation will be calculated at another tribunal.” Could be a big wallop.

  13. It’s very difficult. If the pub was failing as a gay bar, the new owners had every right to take it in a new direction. Many other pubs around the country are being bought by chains or individuals and being pushed into a new direction, often against the will of the remaining customers. There is no law about this, and I don’t see why there should be a special law for gay pubs. The constructive dismissal is a differnt matter entirely. The bottom line is if people want a pub to remain as it is, then they need to start using it in a way so that it remians viable.

  14. Fortunately most of the individual gay pubs are being brought up by big chains and made into normal drinking establishments.

    Equality Law should also, prevent GAY ONLY establishments, after all dont gays want to be equal?

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