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Watch: Was Speedo 'Too Gay' for Las Vegas Hotel?

by Kilian Melloy
Thursday Aug 9, 2018
Chris Donohoe
Chris Donohoe  (Source:Facebook/Chris Donohoe)

A gay man who found himself ordered to leave a hotel pool in Las Vegas on account of his swimwear claims that homophobia was behind the alleged incident, Yahoo7 News reports.

Chris Donohoe says that a contingent of roughly half a dozen security guards surrounded him as he argued his case with the general manager of the Encore Beach Club at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel. Donohoe alleges that the management's decision to toss himont was motivated by anti-gay bias.

"I was made to leave the pool for wearing a Mr. Turk bathing suit that they said was not 'in integrity' with the brand of the pool party," Donohoe posted at Facebook. "In other words, I was kicked out for being a gay man wearing a bathing suit that was just a little too gay for the The Beach Club Encore Las Vegas to tolerate."

Gay news source SDGLN.com notes that the Las Vegas hotel does have a dress code for guests using the pool, but adds, "nowhere in that set of rules does it say speedos are prohibited." The rules do say, however, that access to the pool is granted at the "management's discretion."

Donohoe posted video of himself at Facebook debating with the hotel management over their decision to kick him out. Watch it below.


Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.


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