“Bloody flabbergasted”: Disabled woman turned away from G-A-Y nightclub after confused bouncer thinks she’s drunk

Rosie Jones was hoping for a fun night out in Soho at one of London’s most famous gay bars but she was shocked when a member of security staff refused her entry after mistaking her for being drunk.

The stand-up comic, who has cerebral palsy, tweeted on Saturday: “It’s a shame that G-A-Y Bar doesn’t know the difference between disabled and drunk.”

She added a direct challenge to nightclub owner Jeremy Joseph, saying, “Thanks for denying me entry @JeremyJoseph.”

The tweet was shared more than 500 times.

Twenty minutes later, Rosie added that the ‘security guard’ restrained her when she tried to reach for her walker, adding: “That was nice.”

Rosie replied to her outraged supporters on Twitter saying she was “Bloody flabbergasted” and claimed it was the bar’s manager who turned her away, with Mr Joseph’s knowledge: “It was the manager who denied me entry. And @JeremyJoseph, who owns the place, was aware of the situation, and let it happen.”

Followers were quick to ask if Rosie was okay and organisers of the LGBT+ night, Push the Button were quick to offer her free entry to their next event, saying: “Hey Rosie, if you and some friends would like to come to our party in Vauxhall in a couple of weeks time, let us know and we’ll guest list you x”

They added their voice to concerns surrounding the door policy at G-A-Y, adding: “(We’re not fans of JJ’s problematic door policies either).”

 

Meanwhile, journalist Hilary Mitchell said she’d faced discrimination at the same venue for “not looking gay enough.”:

Another follower claimed he had once been asked by G-A-Y door staff to kiss a male friend to prove he was gay. Darren Harrington said: “…I was denied entry for not being gay enough and was asked to prove it by snogging a friend I was with (who was a colleague and straight) sorry that happened to you last night.”

A tweeter calling himself @Craigabouttown said he was refused entry to the popular nightspot by staff for being “too old” aged 35.

This afternoon, Rosie met Jeremy Joseph, who tweeted a full apology for the embarrassing gaffe, saying: “I want to apologise for the way security handled the situation. Procedures weren’t followed. Moving forward, we will be looking into better ways to make sure this never happen again. I’m truly sorry.”

Rosie Jones seems to have been happy with the apology, not going into detail about what explanation was made. She tweeted: “Let’s hope that in the future G-A-Y can be a flagship club for inclusivity.”

 

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