The Queer Avengers say they would like to publicly support the two women, especially because of the perceived “discrimination they felt while at Public bar in Central Wellington”.
“The Queer Avengers were not at the bar that night, and cannot know what the bouncer said or how he acted,” says Queer Avengers spokesperson Kassie Hartendorp. “But we do know that the women felt uncomfortable and discriminated against by his actions and their complaint should be taken seriously.”
Hartendorp says that it’s not uncommon for queer and gender variant people to face bigotry in Wellington’s nightlife.
“We live in a society which disdains gay affection. Many in the queer community often worry about being ‘too gay in public’ for fear of the reaction it might provoke. The Queer Avengers have heard very similar stories from other members of the LGBTIQ community about Wellington nightclubs, so it makes sense that a lot of people gave their support to these women.”
The Queer Avengers further condemn what they call the “public attack” made on the women involved, which they say can “have the chilling effect of making it harder for any marginalised group to speak out against discrimination in the future.”
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