Gay slur casts a shadow on us all [Australia]

Author: Brisbane Times [Australia], Published on: 20 March 2011

[T]he gay American novelist Armistead Maupin and his partner Chris Turner were in Alice Springs, where they visited one of the town's better-known restaurants, Bojangles Saloon. When Turner asked if he could use the men's room, he was directed to a public toilet across the street. The barman told him that Bojangle's facilities were ''reserved for real men''...Maupin and Turner reported...[barman’s] comments to Tourism Central Australia, and in an interview with local ABC radio. They received a flood of messages from sympathisers outraged by the barman's behaviour apology from Bojangles' management...Many Australians...remember a time when apologies for such remarks would either have been refused or made with extreme reluctance...

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