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Stonewall Statement on Jake’s Bar

  • Patrick Hannon and Jake Archer were denied entry to Jake’s Bar in Leeds

  • A bouncer at the Leeds bar told them they let in ‘mixed-sex couples’ only

  • Jake’s Bar’s manager responded saying the venue has a ‘strict equality and diversity policy’ and would ‘never discriminate’ against anyone’

 

It’s against the law to discriminate against someone because of their sexual orientation in any circumstance

 

Paul Twocock, Director of Campaigns, Policy and Research at Stonewall, said: ‘It’s against the law to discriminate against someone because of their sexual orientation in any circumstance, including entry to a bar. It’s unacceptable that one in six LGBT people (17 percent) who visited a café, restaurant, bar or nightclub in the last 12 months have been discriminated against based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity in Britain. Every person should feel welcome in their community, that’s why the law is there, no exception.’