Jonathan Frahm Staff Writer
Everything’s bigger in Texas – except for LGBT friendliness, it seems.
The challenges set against the LGBT movement in the Lone Star State have always been a bit harder to best than in other states, but that doesn't make the expected inhospitable attitude any more tolerable or appropriate of its more ignorant locals.
Most recently, Earl’s Bait House and Country Store in Pittsburgh, Texas is succumbing to widespread national scrutiny after kicking out a gay couple for touching legs. According to Collin Dewberry and his partner Kelley Williams, their waitress was less than professional when she told them the reason for kicking them out: “To put it simply, we don’t serve fags here.”
While a sign on the door clearly details that the restaurant reserves the explicit right to not serve anybody, one might have hoped that the “fine” folk at Earl’s would have been a little more conscious about the potential ramifications of their poor actions. Stick a fork in ‘em!
Texas has however made surprising steps in the right direction as Houston, one of our nation’s largest cities, passed LGBT-friendly policies to protect patrons from discrimination like Collin and Kelley encountered. It’s still sad to see the state allowing cities like Pittsburgh to still get away with what are pretty much hate crimes.
Let’s hope for the best for all of the states as the positive movement chugs on.
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