Gabriel Dion tells CTV Montreal that he began “making out” and “hugging” another man while attending a University of Montreal orientation party at Bar Saint-Sulpice last Friday.
He describes the atmosphere in the bar as being highly sexual to begin with — “everyone was kissing,” he says, and “some people didn’t have a lot of clothes on.” Oh, Canada.
Dion says that he and his makeout buddy were aware that patrons in a straight bar may feel uncomfortable around their locked lips, so they took it to a stairwell “to be as discreet as possible.” He says that he and his partner continued “hugging” in the stairwell until “a security guard came in and just told us to leave.”
“I definitely felt disrespected,” he said. “I felt that there was a lot of prejudice, basically.”
But there are, of course, two sides to this story, and bar owner Maurice Bourassa has a completely different perspective on the situation. He tells CTV that homophobia had nothing to do with the couple’s ejection from his bar, and that they were thrown out for conducting themselves in a manner “more appropriate for a bedroom than a public place.”
Bourassa claims that the couple was in a fire escape stairwell that was to be kept clear, and was discovered “with one man lying on top of the other.” He says he would have kicked out a straight couple under the same circumstances.
Several students from the University of Montreal are now planning a “kiss-in” at the bar.
Can somebody save us a seat right next to Gabriel, please?