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People On Social Media Are Calling Out A Bar In Puerto Rico That Kicked Out A Party For Two Men Dancing

Two men vacationing in Puerto Rico were shocked when a restaurant worker told them they were only allowed to dance with women. The weekend before the New Year, a gay couple and their friends went to Gyros Sample Bar in Orocovis. Heterosexual couples started dancing, so two men in the group naturally decided to join. One of the victims, Trey May, shared a video of the encounter to Twitter to announce, “HOMOPHOBIA IS REAL AND ITS GLOBAL.” Luis Santiago-Rivera, May’s boyfriend, said that the worker explicitly told them, “Heterosexuals can dance, not a man with another man,” according to CBS reporter David Begnaud. The video has since gone viral, but the establishment’s apology isn’t satisfactory to most. 

Gyros Sample Bar’s story has changed multiple times, first going on the defense, saying the establishment was being “defamed,” then to say it was a misunderstanding, and finally to offer a “profuse” apology.

As you can see, another heterosexual couple was dancing at the same time that the two were asked to leave for dancing.

“Okay, so, this place is very homophobic,” May said while speaking outside the bar he was just removed from. “Just got kicked out for dancing with someone who wasn’t even my boyfriend. So if you’re ever in this area in Puerto Rico, do not go. These people are very homophobic,” he added. Until that night, May had a positive experience of Puerto Rico, captioning the video to say, “Okay… hate to interrupt the beauty I’ve been posting about Puerto Rico but this is something I feel NEEDS to be exposed. HOMOPHOBIA IS REAL AND ITS GLOBAL my boyfriend’s FAMILY AND I got kicked out of this bar because Kelvin (boyfriend’s friend) and I were DANCING together”

Since then, his tweet has been viewed nearly 300k times and retweeted and liked nearly 10k times. He’s since included a follow-up video that his friend took to capture the lovely moment of May and Kelvin dancing, which was interrupted when an employee approached them to tell them to stop.

May alleges that the worker used homophobic slurs and told the women who tried to get involved to “shut up.”


“NOT ONLY did they disrespect us, but they also disrespected the WOMEN pictured by telling them to shut up after the incident and basically telling them to stay out of it,” May tweeted. I would be shocked if homophobia wasn’t ever well-paired with machísmo. 

In response, the bar initially claimed that it was because the two were smoking e-cigarettes. Then, Gyro’s business Facebook page changed the story to defend their actions, saying in a post that the problem was that they were “dancing inside the business between tables, the bar, and the bathroom,” and that they “even stumbled onto one of the clients.” The post alleges that the employees simply directed both couples to dance outside, as is designated. “Believe me that we are not homophobic at all and we have never had problems with anyone of this kind, and we receive LGBT clients every day,” the restaurant page admin added. According to May, the post was active for just 25 minutes before it was deleted. May tweeted his outrage that “an apology was never offered. THEY ONLY DEFENDED THEIR ACTIONS.”

CBS reporter Begnaud tweeted, “Bar officials now claim the 2 men dancing bumped into people and that’s why they were asked to leave. I asked the gay couple involved & they claim no one mentioned anything about that, only that 2 men were allowed to dance. The bar has changed its story 3 times, so far.”

Since then, the restaurant has come under fire for not giving an adequate apology and placing blame on the gays for feeling “offended.”


“Those apologies are BS,” offered Twitter user Catherine J. Badillo (@LENTJUELA), adding, “The establishment is taking no responsibility for their homophobic actions, and it almost seems like they are blaming the affected part for feeling “offended”.” Finally, the restaurant’s spokespeople have admitted that the employee did use homophobic slurs and that their “doors are open” to receive the LGBT community. In the same post, the admin stated in Spanish, “TO THE BOYS WHO OFFERED OFFENSES. If they communicate with us, we can give them to them personally.” 

“Their apology would have been more sincere if they would not have denied it from the get-go. Now the apology seems like damage control so that their business won’t be affected,” another Twitter user concluded. Meanwhile, Puerto Ricans are offering sincere apologies on behalf of the restaurant. “I am very sorry that you had this bad experience,” Homar Betancourt tweeted, saying “Puerto Rico has many places where the LGBT community is accepted and loved. I am Puerto Rican and places like these we don’t sponsored them when we know of actions like the one that happened to you today. So sorry for that.”

Watch the full video below after they were kicked out of the bar.

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The Cast of ‘Glee’ Along With Demi Lovato Paid Tribute to Naya Rivera At the GLAAD Awards


The Cast of ‘Glee’ Along With Demi Lovato Paid Tribute to Naya Rivera At the GLAAD Awards

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On Thursday, the cast of “Glee” paid tribute to Naya Rivera at the GLAAD Media Awards. Rivera was a once-in-a-lifetime talent the touched so many lives personally and through the screen while she was alive. But perhaps none of Naya’s roles were as impactful as Santana Lopez was.

This year, GLAAD decided to take time to honor the impact Naya Rivera had on LGBTQ representation onscreen.

During a time when LGBTQ represenation onscreen was rare, Santana Lopez was groundbreaking for being both queer and Latina. Santana went from a shut-off closeted cheerleader to an out-and-proud lesbian woman. This was a story arc many queer kids had never seen before.

Demi Lovato introduced the cast of “Glee” with a touching speech. She described how honored she was (and still is) to have played Santana’s girlfriend, Dani, on the show.

“I don’t have to tell you that this year was a tough, tough year,” Lovato said. “A particular moment of heartbreak stands out for me: losing my friend Naya Rivera. I will always cherish the chance I got to play Naya’s girlfriend, Dani, on ‘Glee.’”

“The character Naya played, Santana Lopez, was groundbreaking for closeted queer girls — like I was at the time,” she went on. “And her ambition and accomplishments inspired Latina women all over the world.”

Then, dozens of former “Glee” cast members gathered via Zoom to pay tribute to Naya Rivera.

The tribute featured former “Glee” actors like Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Heather Morris, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz, Chris Colfer, and Kevin McHale. There were also many others.

“Naya would be honored to receive this recognition,” read the statement. “When Naya was told that Santana would be a lesbian she called me to let me know and I asked her how did she feel about that and she said ‘I feel great about it!'”

“This year marks the tenth anniversary that Naya’s character, Santana Lopez, came out on ‘Glee’,” said Dot-Marie Jones, who played Coach Beast on the Fox series.

“Santana basically got disowned by her family. And as alot of us know, that’s a feeling too many LGBTQ kids know too well,” continued Chris Colfer, who played Kurt Hummel.

The loving tribute then ended with a written statement from Naya Rivera’s mother Yolanda Previtire, who couldn’t make it to the call.

“Little did we know that she would impact so many people in the LGBTQ community. Her desire was to always be an advocate to those who did not have a voice.

“She continued: “I don’t believe that she realized how important she was to this world. I am grateful that my eldest daughter helped to change the landscape of how we view and see each other.”

“Her desire was to always be an advocate to those who did not have a voice,” the message read, in part. “I don’t believe that she realized how important she was to this world. I am grateful that my eldest daughter helped to change the landscape of how we view and see each other.”

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Selena Gomez Tells Senate to Pass Equality Act, Credits Gay Community with Launching Her Music Career


Selena Gomez Tells Senate to Pass Equality Act, Credits Gay Community with Launching Her Music Career

After the Equality Act was recently passed in the House, Selena Gomez is now telling the Senate to pass the bill that would give added federal protections to the LGBTQ+ community. The Mexican-American pop star also talked about her history with the gay community and how they helped support her music career.

The Equality Act would extend protections from the Civil Rights Act to the LGBTQ+ community.

The Equality Act was first introduced in 2015. The bill would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to extend protections against discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity when it came to employment, housing, education, and other public and federal accommodations. In 2019, the Senate under President Donald Trump refused to vote on the bill.

The Equality Act recently passed through the House and now Gomez wants the Senate to pass it as well.

In February, the Equality Act was reintroduced to the House of Representatives. The bill passed through the House for a second time on Feb. 25. In a recent interview with the Recording Academy, the institution that hosts the Grammy Awards, Gomez is telling the Senate to vote on the bill this time and pass it through.

“We’ve come a long way in the last 10 years, but we have so much further to go,” Gomez said about the progress of LGBTQ+ rights in the country. “The Senate must pass the Equality Act. It’s absurd that this is even being debated in 2021.”

Gomez says the gay community helped support her 2009 breakthrough hit “Naturally.”

While Gomez was promoting her Latin music EP Revelación, she also revisited a few of her past hits. In 2009, she launched her music career with her band The Scene. Later that year, Gomez got her first top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her breakthrough smash “Naturally.” While talking about her relationship with the gay community, she says they were the first ones to show that song love.

“Earlier you mentioned my song ‘Naturally’ and I remember when it was released, it truly started getting played in the gay bars before anywhere else,” she said. “I would hear from older friends that they heard when they went out. I was so jealous that I was too young to be out and dancing to it with everyone. The LGBTQ+ community has been there for me and I don’t take them for granted.”

The Equality Act is waiting to be debated by the Senate. This is Gomez’s first time speaking in support of the bill. Last year, she launched the Black Equality Fund to support groups like the Movement for Black Lives.  In March, she also asked for the Senate to pass the People Act.

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