Gay men who were abused for kissing in the club were told that homophobia was not a crime


Irish bouncers told two men who’d experienced homophobic abuse for kissing in a club that they wouldn’t intervene because from the point of view of the Irish law homophobia is not illegal. Eoghan Ryder was supporting his friend’s show at the Button Factory in Dublin when, on the dancefloor, he started talking to and eventually gave an innocent and harmless kiss to another man. Then some stranger separated the kissing men from each other and started yelling at them. “He said, and I quote: ‘We should do that in the bathrooms, out of sight of others, where we belong,’” the victim wrote on Facebook, adding that he only giggled in respond as he was sure the man was joking, but he was not. The bouncers took the homophobe outside briefly but then let him back in, and when Ryder complained that the man was still inside, they told him that nothing could be done because homophobia was not illegal in Ireland. Shame on the Button Factory, Ryder said, adding: “There may not be hate crime legislation in this country but there are venues with zero tolerance policies that they take very seriously and given how many queer events and gigs take place in the Button Factory, they should be doubling down on this kind of thing.”


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