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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.”

CREDIT: @TREYMAY_ / TWITTER

“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.”

CREDIT: @PLASMA_MSJ / TWITTER

“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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