Bar owner apologizes for kicking lesbian couple out for kissing

Goldberg (left) and Shaughnessy.

The owner of a West Island bar is apologizing after two young women were kicked out on Friday night for kissing.

Peter Sergakis, the owner of several Montreal-area bars — including the Sky bar in the Gay Village — issued the apology after the two women, Jessica Goldberg and Carolyn Shaughnessy, complained on Facebook about the incident at Le Manoir on St. John's Road.

The manager of the bar had gone up to them at one point and asked the women to stop kissing, and then kicked them out after a second kiss.

"Very classy, Manoir, very classy," Shaughnessy wrote in her Facebook post. "This type of discrimination is repulsive. I had harmlessly kissed her, as any heterosexual or homosexual couple would. We were not being over the top nor being inappropriate. We were not making a scene nor were we being disrespectful to the other patrons in the brasserie. THEY KICKED US OUT FOR BEING GAY."

Yesterday, Sergakis issued a statement, calling this an "isolated incident", and expressed his "deepest apologies to all, but more specifically, to the whole Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community (LGBT)."

Sergakis says he watched surveillance video of the incident in question, and said the two young women were overly affectionate with one another.

"I do think they overdid it. 16 minutes," Sergakis says. "There was more than kissing."

Nonetheless, he says his employee showed a lack of judgement in kicking them out.

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  1. ric posted on 12/03/2013 03:41 PM
    WHY APOLOGIZE????? Whether they're gay or straight, I certainly don't want to see people making out for 16 minutes in public. Get a room.
    I suppose that now we can't say anything to gays, minorities or anyone else. They were warned once, what didn't they understand?
  2. AnneM posted on 12/03/2013 07:15 PM
    Straight, Gay, or whatever get a room a do what you want in private. In public behalf with decorum and respect.
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