A man has accused staff at a Las Vegas pool party for being homophobic after he was thrown out for wearing a bathing suit that was “too gay”.
Chris Donohoe was reportedly forced to leave the Encore Beach Club pool party on Sunday because of his choice of swimwear. He believes it was an act of discrimination as Chris identifies as a gay man.
Today I was removed from the pool party at Encore Beach Club for wearing “inappropriate attire”. If It smells like homophobia, it’s homophobia. Ps: this bathing suit is Mr. Turk and it’s FABULOUS AF. Wynn Las Vegas Mr Turk Encore Beach Club Day & Night – Guestlist Encore Beach Club
Posted by Chris Donohoe on Sunday, August 5, 2018
The general manager of the club approached Donohoe and they had a confrontation which the latter posted on Facebook.
But Donohoe posted a video to his Facebook page with the statement:
“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. 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 Beach Club Encore Las Vegas to tolerate.”
“I feel that this is discrimination and harassment based on my gender identity and sexuality. I feel this way because there were women at the pool wearing thongs and other bikini bottoms that were much more revealing than my own, yet they were permitted to stay and I was removed.”
In the video Donohoe can be heard saying, “As far as I understand, the policy is no Speedo’s, and this is not a Speedo.”
PLEASE REPOST! Yesterday I was kicked out of the Encore Beach Club for being gay. 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. 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. Take a look at this video where I’m told that my clothing is not in “integrity” with the pool party brand. This is what homophobia looks like. I was up all night because I couldn’t sleep from being so upset. I’ve cried so much. At the end of the day it is ABUNDANTLY clear that LGBTQ+ people are not welcome at Wynn Las Vegas . Please repost and share this video. I’m going to pursue this to the fullest extent possible until LGBTQ+ people are no longer policed and discriminated against at the Wynn Las Vegas.
Posted by Chris Donohoe on Monday, August 6, 2018
The general manager then replies that his swimwear was against the “dress code policy” of the pool party. He also stated that it was not “in integrity” with the Encore Beach Club brand.
When Donohoe accuses the club employee of discrimination, he responded with, “Sir, this has nothing to do with your sexual preference.”
According to Donohoe, the pool club has not apologized for their discriminatory behavior. But a spokesperson at the club has said that the clothing policy has been changed since the incident.
“We will include the new policy on entry signage, as well as the club website, in order to help guests plan appropriately and enjoy a welcoming environment. We apologise to the guest who was affected by our previous policy.”
He said that the club welcomes LGBT+ people, insisting that its rules for removing guests from events are based on behaviour and clothing.
This was not the first time that the same pool club has discriminated against the LGBT+ community. In the summer of 2017, a guest was swinging on a pole at an Encore Beach Club pool party.
Since posting about how I was discriminated against at Encore Beach Club on Sunday, I've had so many gay men reach out to me with similar stories. This is a video that Juan Casado just sent me where is is literally PUSHED off of a dance platform by a security guard from the Encore Beach Club because only women are allowed to dance on the podium. Juan is also gay. Here's the message he sent me describing his experience: "Hi! I saw your post and I just want to say that I have been discriminated there as well. Not for being gay (even though I am) but the double standard of being male or female. I approached the bouncers and asked if I could dance on the pole but they said no cause I’m a male. I was there for a bachelorette party. Anyways – I really did not appreciate the double standard so I took matters into my own hand." Encore Beach Club when are you going to apologize to me and all the other gay men out there for humiliating us? #boycottencore #gaytravel #advocacy #gay #encorebeachclub.
Posted by Chris Donohoe on Tuesday, August 7, 2018
He was pushed off the platform by an employee. He was reportedly told by staff that only women were allowed to swing on the poles at the party.
After the incident the pool club made a policy change allowing men to also dance on platforms if they choose to. The employee who pushed the man off was reportedly dismissed.