Texas Restaurant Apologizes, Fires Employee Who Taunted Customers with Homophobic Slur

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Agave Jalisco, a Mexican restaurant in Corpus Christi, Texas, fired an employee after a customer’s report of a homophobic incident went viral on Facebook.

Sandra Clement, a local high school principal, wrote in a Facebook post (since deleted) that she was at the restaurant with her gay son and his boyfriend when an employee began taunting them.

The Caller Times reported on Clement’s post: “(Clement’s son and his boyfriend) exchanged a hug as they entered the restaurant and a male employee pointed at them while talking to some female employees seated at a table and screamed ‘jotos.’ (The employee) proceeded to walk to the kitchen tossing his towel in the air loudly singing ‘jotos’ over and over again. “The other employees in the kitchen, the female employees seated at a table, and the waiter were laughing and looking at my son and his boyfriend.”

The restaurant fired the employee, releasing a statement:

On behalf of Agave Jalisco Restaurant on Ayers, the owners, and it’s employees, we want to make the following statement:

Agave Jalisco Restaurant wants to offer our most sincere apology. We want to make a statement regarding the event that happened on August 30, 2018. Where a young man and his boyfriend were allegedly called a derogatory slur in Spanish and taunted. Agave Jalisco is an independently, family owned, business. We the owner’s and management know the seriousness of this issue, and want to state that we do not condone or accept this type of homophobic behavior from any single person whom is a part of the team of Agave Jalisco.

In the incident, it is stated that the management was contacted and did nothing to fix the problem or apologize. This is true, but the wrong Agave Jalisco was contacted on accident. Again, we are independently owned and the Agave Jalisco contacted the day of, was the one located at 5922 S Staples St, not our restaurant located at 2001 Ayers St. If we would have known about this issue sooner we would have addressed it swiftly and aggressively.

Agave Jalisco restaurant is a full service Mexican restaurant that aims to please customers with good food, great service, and most importantly an atmosphere where you can enjoy your meal in peace, free of judgement. We are family owned, we have taught our family and children to go out into the world, and treat everyone, the same way that they would want to be treated. This matter was looked into for several hours, in order to find out how and why this happened.

Unfortunately we can not control the actions of our employees 100% of the time and sometimes we have issues come up. However in our findings we found that the employee who allegedly said these derogatory, homophobic statements, was no longer fit to give any type of customer service with Agave Jalisco and it’s team. This employee will be terminated. In order to ensure that this never happens again, we will also be making the entire Agave Jalisco team take a sensitivity class as soon as possible.

We want to reiterate that the actions of this employee in no way reflect Agave Jalisco Restaurant and it’s values or beliefs. The Clement family has been reached out too, in order to offer a personal apology. We are writing this statement now as a public apology the Clement family, Miguel Clement, and his boyfriend. We here at Agave Jalisco are truly sorry for what happened that day, and will strive to always make Agave Jalisco a loving, accepting business, free of judgement. We will make sure this never happens again.

Clement was pleased with the response, writing on Facebook: “Our son, his boyfriend, and our family applaud Agave Jalisco for taking swift action in addressing the unfortunate incident. Although they cannot control every employee, they have stepped up to ensure they are held accountable. Much appreciated! We encourage all community members to join us in supporting Agave Jalisco as they have shown true character and compassion. I will delete all social media posts I made on the incident so we can move forward as a community. I can’t put into words how thankful we are for all the love and support our son and his boyfriend have received. Above all else, let’s be kind.”

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Apple Watch’s Pride background disappears in Russia

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Apple has always been keen to emphasize their progressive, equality-based business ethos, but this might not go down well in every country.

In June, the tech firm created an LGBTI background for the Apple Watch so owners around the world can wear that rainbow on their wrists for Pride.

As long as they’re not in Russia, that is.

If you set the location on your watch or iPhone to Russia and select the Pride background, the rainbow colors vanish.

Technology news site The Verge reported that numerous Reddit users and posts on Apple help forums have been flagging this issue for months.

One of the site’s senior editors put this to the test, posting a video of changing a watch face to the Pride colors, then switching user region to Russia.

The globally recognizable LGBTI banner disappears.

Twitter user and iOS developer Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) has pointed out: ‘The Apple Watch pride face is hardcoded to not show up if the paired iPhone is using the Russian locale.’ 

Another victim of the ‘gay propaganda’ law

This is likely to do with Russia’s notorious ‘gay propaganda’ law.

The law purports to protect children from imagery which could be considered as normalizing homosexuality and LGBTI culture in Russia.

Since its implementation in 2013, the law has been used to justify clampdowns on the LGBTI community.

The first minor was prosecuted under the law last month.

16-year-old Maxim Neverov was fined 50,000 rubles (the equivalent of around $760) for posting pictures of partially nude men embracing each other on social network site Vkontakte.

LGBTI rights activists said this was the first time someone who is not actively involved with campaigning for LGBTI rights and awareness was prosecuted under the law.

Neverov said he would appeal the decision.

The law is just one element of Russia’s overall woeful LGBTI rights record, where the authorities regularly clamp down on LGBTI rights marches, awareness campaigns, and protests.

Russia is ranked Europe’s second least LGBT-friendly nation by ILGA-Europe.

However, Russia hasn’t been completely devoid of the Pride colors.

During the World Cup which was hosted in Russia, six activists took to the streets of Moscow sporting their national football shirts to form the rainbow flag.

The project, named The Hidden Flag, was a protest against Russian anti-LGBTI discrimination and the ‘gay propaganda’ law.

Grindr looks to go public on stock exchange

Grindr is likely to offer shares to investors in an Initial Public Offering

Popular gay dating app Grindr may soon being going public, according to a filing with the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.

Tech entrepreneur Joel Simkhai launched Grindr in 2009. One of the first geosocial networking sites on the market, it benefited from the explosion in smartphone use and quickly became one of the most popular dating apps for gay and bisexual men. It says it has over 2million daily users.

In 2016, it sold a majority 61.5% shareholding to China’s Beijing Kunlun Tech for $93million. This was followed last year by the gaming company buying the remaining 38.5% for $152million – given it overall ownership.

Now, according to the Financial Times, the board of Kunlun have unaminously agreed an initial public offering (IPO).

According to a filing with the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, Grindr accounted for 4% of Kunlun’s overall profits last year, and the app has been ‘continuously profitable’ for three years.

Kindr to debut in September

Money raised from the IPO will go towards further expansion and development.

Although primarily used by gay and bisexual men to meet, hook-up and date, the app has expanded in the last two years to also offer articles and video content via its online magazine, Into.

Next month, it’s due to debut new initiative, Kindr. This is believed to be a response to users experiencing racism and other forms of discrimination on the site. At the moment, the company has only teased the campaign, with the tagline, ‘It’s time to play nice’. The project will be rolled out from 19 September.

An expected date for the IPO has not yet been revealed.

See also

Gay man attempts to sue Grindr for allowing ‘No Asians’ comments

Grindr to allow users in anti-gay countries to change Grindr icon on their phone to keep them safe

World’s biggest gay dating app aims for stock flotation