Gay couple claim they were kicked out of Cardiff nightclub ‘for kissing’

Nick Duffy May 29, 2015
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A gay couple have claimed that they were kicked out of a nightclub in Cardiff because they shared a kiss.

Cardiff Metropolitan students Oliver Brown and Hugh Squire, 21 and 22, say the incident took place at DC nightclub in the city centre last December.

The claims emerged this week after papers filed by South Wales Police called for a review of the club’s license over the number of incidents.

The report noted: “December 2014 – Reports of two males kissing inside the premises and being ejected by door supervisors.”

Speaking to WalesOnline, Mr Brown claimed he and his boyfriend had been targeted by security because they were gay, and thrown out.

He said: “If he had said he was kicking us out because we were fighting I wouldn’t have a problem with that.

“But he saw us kissing so it was clear that was his problem, it wasn’t anything we had done.

“They said we were throwing drinks around, which was totally not the case – why waste alcohol?”

However, club owner Richard Jackson disputes the claim – adding that diver Tom Daley was among the club’s visitors.

He said: “I can assure you all they were asked to leave due to rowdy behaviour – my gay staff and friends are furious about this.

“It wasn’t too long ago that Tom Daly [sic] and his partner came in with many of my gay friends – to say we are homophobic is a lie.”

Mr Jackson added the claims are “wholly inaccurate”, saying: “We operate a zero-tolerance attitude towards any kind of discrimination.”

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