Kicked Out For Kissing: Copenhagen Bar Apologizes To Gay Couple

christofferA supposedly “tolerant” bar in Copenhagen has apologized after its not so tolerant bouncer ejected a gay couple for kissing.

Christoffer Jakshøj (this cutie to the right) was getting his Friday night flirt on at Funke, a Danish bar that emphasizes “comfortable couches, candlelights on the tables and a tolerant attitude.”

“I met a cute guy during the night and we started to talk and dance a bit, before we headed to the bar,” Christoffer told Homotropolis. “We each bought a beer and stayed in the bar chatting. After a bit of talking it turned into kissing, and because of the cozy atmosphere and both of us having had a bit to drink the kissing continued. We only took breaks to smile and talk.”

Jealous, but continue:

“All in all it was pretty much a great Friday-night-catch. That was until the bouncer approached us and asked us to stop. He informed us that our behavior was not allowed in the bar, that he would not have it, and that we should go to the gay bar Cosy instead.”

Jakshøj, who works for the Danish LGBT Youth Organisation, stood up for himself and his let’s-just-say-date — as did one of the bartenders — but in the end the belligerent bouncer prevailed and the two men were kicked out of Funke. That was when Christoffer called the police and reported the incident as a hate crime.

When the cops arrived, they questioned the bouncer who was singing a different tune all together, claiming that Jakshøj and his date were “in each other’s pants” and that he wouldn’t allow that kind of behavior from gay or straight patrons. But Christoffer called him on that bit of fabrication, maintaining that they did nothing but kiss.

When he got home, Christoffer posted his story on Facebook and also emailed Funke about the incident. The bar quickly replied, apologized and invited him to discuss what happened at the bar on Monday.

“I was told that he would have a serious talk with the bouncers to ensure that everybody knows about and follow the bar’s open-minded policy. They finished off by saying that they hoped that I would visit the bar again and that I was, of course, allowed to kiss whoever I wanted,” Jakshøj said. “After the meeting I will definitely visit Funke again in the future and I will not think twice before kissing a nice guy in a straight bar again.”

All’s well that ends well, we guess, but something about this story really bothers us — namely, whatever happened to Christoffer’s kissing companion?

Photo: Michael Sondergaard

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  • tdx3fan

    The whole thing bothers me… Who the hell calls the cops to report being asked to leave an establishment as a hate crime!?! Also, I really wish that some gay bars would enforce such a policy. If you feel the need to make out publicly then it is simply for the attention. Anyone with the slightest touch of class does such things in private.

  • tdx3fan

    Not to mention, the moment after this happened he runs to social media for his 15 minutes of fame.

  • Caliban

    Have you ever been to Copenhagen, tdx3fan? They had what is probably the earliest gay rights organization there, which started right after WWII ended. For Denmark in general and Copenhagen in particular this IS a shocking homophobic incident!

  • tdx3fan

    @Caliban: Shocking homophobic incident? Yes! It would be anywhere that is semi-tolerant since the club claimed to be open to everyone. However, it is FAR from being a hate crime!

  • Scott Amundsen

    Doesn’t sound like a hate crime to me either, but then I do not know how Copenhagen’s hate crimes laws are written. It is just remotely possible that under Danish law this would be considered a hate crime. At any rate it should not have happened, especially in a city and a country that are known to be gay-friendly.

  • Polaro

    Bitchy queens.

  • Cam

    @tdx3fan: said…

    “The whole thing bothers me… Who the hell calls the cops to report being asked to leave an establishment as a hate crime!?!”

    Easy, Copenhagen does not allow any discrimination. They were not kicked out of the bar because they were kissing. They were kicked out and the Bouncer told them to go the the gay bar. They were kicked out for being gay.

    You may have an issue with it but that is irrelevant. Under Danish law it was a valid report as is shown by the fact that the police there took the report and proceed to interview the bouncer and others at the bar.

    Rather than supporting the bigots and attacking somebody for forcing a bar to abide by the countries own non-discrimination laws, take a pill and be happy that some people are willing to do these things.

  • Lundal

    In denmark, the law considers it a hate crime to throw someone out of or not allow someone equal access to an otherwise public place or establishment because of their religion, race, color, national or ethnic origin or sexual orientation. It is considered a felony and is punishable by a fine or up to 6 months in prison for the person or company who commits the crime (“The law prohibiting discrimination”). To me, it seems completely fair, and I think it does to far most other Danes as well.

  • Raquel Santiago

    @tdx3fan: Ummm me and anyone else who is being discrimated against. Need to have balls to the wall in order to fight those who would “not want us around”


    Fuck the Danish, motherfuckers, I always heated the bustards they smell like Herrings. AdamHomo

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