Saturday’s protest was organized primarily through a Facebook group called “Down With The New Fieldens.” The group came prepared with a permit and at least eight city police officers in tow. Justin White, one of the organizers, called the evening a success with over 100 in attendance and commented that many of the police volunteered their time that night.
White said he entered the club to review bylaws but faced resistance at the door regarding dress code. Wearing jeans and a button-up shirt, he borrowed another person’s shoes to gain entrance. According to White, others in his group were not let in for wearing t-shirts.
A video posted on the group’s Facebook page allegedly shows a straight couple entering the club wearing t-shirts and shorts. White said the dress code was not posted and bouncers said it was up to the club’s discretion.
“It’s funny how there’s a dress code that only applies if you are gay,” White said.
Two bills that would allow businesses to discriminate against Virginia’s LGBTQ community were joined into one Senate bill Monday afternoon in Senate General Laws and Technology subcommittee. While a House version of the bill, HB 773, was heard today, the subcommittee joined it with SB 41 by a 8-7 vote across party lines. SB 41, introduced [...]