The Peel Hotel bar
An Australian gay pub has lost its exemption from anti-discrimination laws which allowed it to bar patrons who are straight.
Under a 2007 exemption by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the Peel Hotel could refuse access to “people who do not identify as homosexual males”.
This was based on the premise that straight patrons could negatively affect the bar’s status as a gay venue.
Located in Collingwood, a suburb of Melbourne, the bar will, however, still be allowed “to explain the nature of the venue to prospective patrons … and to permit them to choose whether or not to enter”.
Patrons who threaten the safety of patrons may also be refused entry or ejected.