Dollywood offends gay woman

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 10:01 AM

I read this elsewhere a few days ago and didn't see it in the news forum yet, so please move it there Jeff, if you see it as newsworthy:

http://news.yahoo.com/gay-couple-asked-reverse-shirt-dollywood-200120079.html

"A lesbian couple is asking for changes at Dollywood after an employee asked one of the women to turn her T-shirt reading "marriage is so gay" inside-out to avoid offending others. ... The two said they felt they needed to file a complaint with Dollywood because they believed it was important to stand up for their beliefs in marriage equality."

Since there are alot of gay posters on here, I was wondering what everyone's opinion was on this story? Is this really a case of discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as they imply - or rather just an employee reading the shirt and interpreting it as offensive (not as a statement for gay marriage)?

Last edited by JOz99, Wednesday, July 27, 2011 10:02 AM
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 10:16 AM

Seems to me that they recognized calling something gay can be derogatory and reacted. A teenager won't see the irony in a gay woman wearing it.

Last edited by eightdotthree, Wednesday, July 27, 2011 10:16 AM
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 10:42 AM

^ That's how I saw it as well. As a minority (in more ways than one) I'm all for justice. But the message on this shirt can be interpreted in different ways. Plus, Pigeon Forge is in a relatively 'homogenous' part of the country, no need to kick the ant hill. Baby steps...

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 11:25 AM

JOz99 said:
Since there are alot of gay posters on here...

The combination of a chuckle and a snort....snortle, or chort?

Occasionally, I feel like I'm in a BYOB gay bar....but I love it... ;)

Oh, and back to topic - calling anything "gay" is a bad plan...nothing good comes from using ANY term in a derogatory fashion...my $.02. ;)

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 11:38 AM

rollergator said:

Oh, and back to topic - calling anything "gay" is a bad plan...nothing good comes from using ANY term in a derogatory fashion...my $.02. ;)

I call Enola gay, and I've never been called out on it...

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 11:49 AM

http://coasterbuzz.com/Forums/Thread/59114.aspx

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