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London: Gay couple claim they were denied joint beauty treatment by salon

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  1. They will have to comment when they are in court and the judge is sitting there.

    If it isn’t anti gay it is certainly sexual discrimination, if they wont treat two men together. Do they treat two women together?

    1. I have no doubt that they’d be happy to treat a pair of girlfriends. However, if they did anything to show that they were “girlfriends”, I’m sure they’d be real quick to tell the couple that they’d have to leave the premises.

      1. Yes. And obvious even just mentioning the terms “two girlfriends” or “two boyfriends”, never mind showing it in any way, is enough to warrant being turned away by these out and out bigots!

        I’m angry now.

        The homophobia that still exists in our society after all these years is just depressing. I mean, it was way back in 2001 that I saw racks of DVDs of “Will and Grace” on sale (and clearly selling like hot cakes) in Woolworths, for goodness sake.

        But fundamental underlying attitudes don’t seem to have greatly changed.

  2. Their website is should anyone feel like asking them for a comment…

    1. or you can tweet them it seems @SapphireWoodfrd

      1. Judging by the fact that the one and only tweet was last June, they don’t pay any attention to Twitter.

  3. Can someone advise me what a joint treatment at a beauty salon entails. When they treat a man and a woman together, what does that actually mean? I don’t get it.

    1. i thought that… you can get your nails done, but only if you are the only gay in the salon at the time? dont get it…

      1. Well, I can only imagine that the couple enter the salon and are somehow treated at the same time in the same place, perhaps in adjacent chairs, or on adjacent benches. But at the end of the day, each person needs to be individually treated, two beauticians working on each member of the couple. So, given that the couple will not be holding each other, copulating with each other, or doing anything else to each other, the objection of this salon then can only be that they, the salon workers, would simply KNOW that they are two men in a homosexual relationship . . . and that knowledge alone is sufficient for the two men to be rejected.

        And that would be outright homophobia.

  4. Jesus miran 30 Jan 2013, 11:04pm

    Hard to believe in a city like London we are not so bad here in the US then!

    1. Yeah.. um.. no, you are worse in the US. Sadly.
      And please don’t take that as US-bashing. I love the place and am saddened by the state of affairs there.

      You see, what that shop did to that gay couple is illegal in the UK.
      In the US that would be perfectly legal in most states.

  5. That is a women’s shop.
    Yes they cannot discriminate, but it is clearly a saloon for women.

  6. DJ Sheepiesheep 31 Jan 2013, 12:20am

    Superglue, anyone?

  7. As far as I can see this is discrimination based on sexual orientation.

    The couple need to get legal advice not from the police but from a lawyer.

    1. Equality Network 31 Jan 2013, 8:04am

      Yes – what’s described is a clear breach of equality law, but that’s a civil matter not a crime. They could go to a civil court and get compensation, but the police can’t take action against the business if there’s no crime.

      There is a Govt funded advice line which can advise individuals who are discriminated against, on how to combat it and get their rights:

      1. Thank you for the link; I was aware of this service. It’s as if the government doesn’t want people to use it!

  8. Can “James Park” tell me what the salon said when he tried to check this story?
    Pink News did try and check this story, yes?

  9. They are members of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC). You can contact them at or 0845 250 7277.

  10. I love this story: it has all the elements……

  11. Jock S. Trap 31 Jan 2013, 9:17am

    Discrimination, pure and simple!

  12. Oh dear. Another confirmation of gay stereotypes. Do men really go to a beauty salon? I can understand women but men. It’s a bit pathetic really. We’ll be wanting to get married in church next. Ooops.

    1. I thought we were past this sort of stupid stereotyping?
      Lots of straight men go to beauty salons.
      Actually, probably MORE straight men than gay men, since there are more of them!

      (And no, this isn’t me arguing with myself… it’s someone appropriating my user name)

      1. Oh dear. There are probably MORE Mikey’s than Mikey’s, since there are more of them.
        We’ll be wanting to get married in church next.

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