Then I was beyond appalled when Spaworld’s president, Sang Lee, responded with this horrid statement:
It is our policy to not accept any kinds of abnormal sexual oriented customers to our facility such as homosexuals, or transgender(s).
Also, for the safety and the comfort of young children at Spa World, we strongly forbid any abnormal sexual behaviors and orientation in our facility. Despite the controversial issue of homosexuality and transgender, it is our policy to not accept them.
That statement got many of their customers, including several who identify as LGBT, fired up enough to sign a SignOn.org petition stating that they would be staying far far away from Spaworld until the policy was reversed.
Fortunately, angry customers didn’t have to wait long for Spaworld’s owners to reverse their position. Manager James Lee claims that Sang Lee’s statement was a miscommunication, and that what the president was trying to say was that sexual activity, gay or straight, was forbidden in the bath house. He also promised that they wouldn’t kick out any more transgender folks.
Yeah, the chances of me buying that explanation are lower than the chances of me buying a singing fish.
But Spaworld made the right move, and as long as they remain committed to treating all their customers equally, I see no need to continue punishing them.
The state of Virginia, however, needs a good kick in the ass to update their discrimination laws. Because if Spaworld had made the wrong decision, LGBT individuals would have no legal recourse to counteract a business refusing to sell them goods or services.
All of this goes to show that even if the Supreme Court issues a favorable decision for gay marriage this month, true equality is still a ways off.