EdwardsA gay couple said they were denied entry by the Edward’s bar, on Hartfield Road, Wimbledon, London after a bouncer told them it was ‘couples-only’.

The incident happened around 11pm on Friday, 4 January, they explained to the bouncer they were a couple but entry was nevertheless denied and they were told they were not accompanied by women.

The couple, Hywel Kennedy and his partner Mike Strutton said they clearly stated they had friends waiting for them inside the bar of which three were female, reported the Wimbledon Guardian.

Kennedy said: ‘Upon his stipulation of “couples only”, one would assume that we would be let in, but he said “Sorry guys, no disrespect but… I’m sorry”’.

‘Obviously he had probably meant to also state that the bar was already full of packs of men looking to hunt girls.

‘The comment he made outraged us, and when my boyfriend demanded to speak to his manager, he said “I’m afraid I can’t. You’ll have to go through me”’.

‘We both left the bar feeling extremely angry, irritated and slightly worthless at what had happened’.

Edward’s promises on its website it offers ‘a feel good party atmosphere’ and that ‘you can rest assured that a good night will be had by all’.

Strutton said their experience couldn’t have been further from that description: ‘I am utterly furious about this and the way in which myself and my partner were treated and made to feel.

‘We are in the 21st century and to be presented with such prejudice is completely unnecessary’.

Both GayStarNews and the Wimbledon Guardian were unable to reach the bar’s manager.

However, an Edwards employee told the Wimbledon Guardian that its security staff was ordered to restrict entry to men ‘when the bar is 70 per cent full of guys’.

‘We don’t have a policy against sex or anything like that. But that night we had a lot of guys. We have had a lot of trouble when there is a majority of guys in there.

‘The security are told that when we get to a certain amount, just be careful how many guys they are letting in. Most places will do this.

‘But if they said they were in a gay couple, and the bouncer still said no, then I don’t know why he did that’.

A spokeswoman for Edward’s said: ‘Edward’s in Wimbledon operates a wholly inclusive customer policy where everyone is welcome.

‘We were made aware of this incident when Mr Strutton contacted us via email to inform us what had happened.

‘As a result, the operations team of the premises will be meeting Mr Strutton to address his concerns, as well as investigating the matter with the external company that provides door supervisors to the premises’.

Source: Pinkstarnews.com

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