A gay man is accusing a Las Vegas hotel of homophobia after he was politely asked to leave the pool for violating its “no speedo” policy.
Chris Donohoe claims he was kicked out of the pool at the Wynn Las Vegas for wearing a yellow Mr. Turk swimsuit. The hotel manager said the swimsuit was not “in integrity” with the pool’s brand, but Donohoe begs to differ.
“I was kicked out for being a gay man wearing a bathing suit that was just a little too gay for the The Beach Club Encore Las Vegas to tolerate,” he says in a recent Facebook post.
Donohoe shared a video of himself arguing with the manager over his attire, or lack thereof.
“As far as I understand the policy says no speedos and this is not a speedo,” Donahue can be heard arguing. “Technically, and even just realistically, this is not a speedo.”
“This has nothing to do with your sexual preference,” the manager calmly responds later in the video. “It’s just a rule.”
PLEASE REPOST! Yesterday I was kicked out of the Encore Beach Club for being gay. I was made to leave the pool for wearing a Mr Turk bathing suit that they said was not “in integrity” with the brand of the pool party. In other words, I was kicked out for being a gay man wearing a bathing suit that was just a little too gay for the The Beach Club Encore Las Vegas to tolerate. Take a look at this video where I’m told that my clothing is not in “integrity” with the pool party brand. This is what homophobia looks like. I was up all night because I couldn’t sleep from being so upset. I’ve cried so much. At the end of the day it is ABUNDANTLY clear that LGBTQ+ people are not welcome at Wynn Las Vegas . Please repost and share this video. I’m going to pursue this to the fullest extent possible until LGBTQ+ people are no longer policed and discriminated against at the Wynn Las Vegas.
Posted by Chris Donohoe on Monday, August 6, 2018
The Oxford English Dictionary defines a “speedo” as “Men’s brief, tight swimming trunks.”
Donahoe claims he was wearing “swim briefs.”
“This is what homophobia looks like,” he writes on Facebook. “I was up all night because I couldn’t sleep from being so upset. I’ve cried so much. At the end of the day it is ABUNDANTLY clear that LGBTQ+ people are not welcome at Wynn Las Vegas.”
In a second video posted to Facebook, he bemoans: “The thing that really upsets me about this is there were women with their titties out everywhere, which I support and endorse, but as soon as a man shows up looking gay AF they’re told ‘no, you don’t belong here.’”
Encore Beach Club’s official dress code reads:
Dress to impress, no baggy clothing, jeans, or basketball shorts. Pool attire is required to enter the venue. No risqué or indecent swimwear is permitted; management reserves all rights to determine appropriate attire. Proper swim attire includes: Swimming suits.
All entry is based on management’s discretion. Any person who refuses to comply with any regulation governing public bathing or swimming facility or any rule of that facility must be excluded from the premises.
In response to the incident, Michael Weaver, CMO at Wynn Resorts, released the following statement:
In order to maintain a five-star experience, Wynn Las Vegas requests that guests adhere to certain dress code policies throughout the resort. In the Encore Beach Club, we had a policy, clearly posted at the entrance, which prohibited Speedos. Upon receiving a guest complaint, we reviewed the policy and have changed it. The new policy will allow Speedos, but will prohibit risqué and indecent swimwear for both men and women. We will include the new policy on entry signage, as well as the club website, in order to help guests plan appropriately and enjoy a welcoming environment. We apologize to the guest who was affected by our previous policy.
Regarding LGBTQ+ guests, our policy has been clear and consistent for years: Wynn welcomes and appreciates all of our LGBTQ+ guests. Decisions to enforce policies are solely based on guest behavior, or in this case, attire. We have always and will continue to apply attire policies equally to all of our guests, regardless of sexual orientation.
Wynn Resorts has a 100% approval rating on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index, as well as an in-house diversity council and an LGBTQ focus group. You can read about the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts HERE.
Look, we’re all for calling out homophobia… when it’s justified. And while the hotel’s “no speedo” policy was definitely dumb, we’re not sure we’d classify it as being antigay. What do you think? Take our poll below.