A gay couple living in Pittsburg, Texas is claiming they received discriminatory treatment at a local restaurant this week, telling KLTV they were informed by a waitress at Big Earl’s Restaurant that they could “never return” because the restaurant “doesn’t serve fags.”
Collin Dewberry and Kelly Williams say they have lived in Texas their entire lives and have never been called “fag” before. They say the discriminatory slur was hurled at them as they were leaving the restaurant after they had eaten their meal and paid. “We’ve never had that kind of hate displayed to us before,” Dewberry said.
Big Earl, the restaurant’s owner, confirmed the events to KLTV, pointing to a sign on the restaurant’s front door that essentially bars feminine gays and butch lesbians from entering the establishment. It reads: “Here at Big Earl’s we like for men to act like men and for ladies to act like ladies, so we want you to never return.”
Big Earl maintains that he has the right to refuse service to anyone who does not follow his gender conformity policy. The waitress who hurled the gay slur is apparently Big Earl’s daughter — he defends her use of “fag” by claiming Dewberry and Williams were antagonizing her and having sex under the table:
Big Earl said it was their behavior, touching legs, that was against policy, not their sexual orientation.
“I didn’t go over there to inspect to see what he was rubbing. That’s just not appropriate in a family restaurant that has a sign on the front door that we just don’t do that here,” Earl Cheney, the restaurant owner, said.
“She’s a young lady, didn’t know what else to say, and they just kept on and she finally said we just don’t like fags,” he explained.
He said the men were badgering his daughter, the waitress, and it’s all on surveillance video, but he wouldn’t let KLTV see that.
When asked what he thinks a man should “act like,” Big Earl responded, “a man’s supposed to stand up and be a leader. He’s not supposed to be a woman. He’s not supposed to come in here in a dress.” To be clear, neither men in this instance were wearing a dress.
Now the rest is up to you, dear readers. Let’s make sure Big Earl’s becomes one of the highest-rated and most recommended gay bars in East Texas!