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Pogue Fado anonymously accused of homophobia


A night at the Pogue Fado ended in a heavy “he said, she said” confrontation involving the bar itself and members of the Halifax gay community.

Two men, who remain unnamed, were allegedly told to “leave or stop acting like a couple,” by bar staff who claim to have seen the couple “displaying acts of sexual behaviour in a public place.”

The Coast has been unable to identify or communicate with the couple.

Candice Taylor, the bar’s general manager, issued both a letter and a statement on Monday, apologizing for the staff’s behaviour and assuring people that the Pogue is “in no way an anti-gay establishment.”

“We haven’t been able to determine anything from the tape,” said Taylor, referring to video cameras in the bar. “From what I’m told, they had previously been told earlier in the evening to stop it and it just persisted.”

Taylor’s statement claims that the couple “was making out in front of the servers’ station and had their hand down each others pants.”

Though the couple in question took their version of the facts to Facebook and have launched an unofficial petition to boycott the establishment, neither of them have given detailed descriptions of the altercation.

According to Taylor, the staff is often required to boot out couples with a certain enthusiasm for public displays of affection.

Some people posting on social media websites seem to believe that two women would not have received the same treatment.

“I’m obviously upset about it, we’re in no way an anti-gay establishment,” said Taylor.

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