A gay couple in Cincinnati say they were threatened with expulsion by a bouncer in a pizza joint after they were seen kissing and holding hands.
Bobby Slavens and his fiancé say a bouncer threatened to throw them out of a Goodfellas late Saturday night when they were being affectionate with each other while waiting in line.
“We go all the time,” Slavens told WLWT5. “We love Goodfellas. We’ve never had an issue there before.”
“We were just holding hands. [We] didn’t think anything about it, then we gave a little kiss on the lips, a discreet peck,” he said, explaining that once they got to the bouncer to show their IDs, they were told to stop with the PDA.
“The bouncer came to us and said, ‘Hey, you guys need to stop that or you are going to get kicked out.’ We were dumbfounded.”
Slavens said they felt embarrassed and stopped holding hands.
“We have seen people in Goodfellas or any other establishment, great couples that were holding hands or kissing, and nothing was said to them. So we left.”
But before they could leave, he says someone tried to make the incident political.
“As I turned around, I heard, ‘You better get used to this, this is Trump’s America.’ After that, I was like, ‘Wow.’ I just walked away,” he wrote on Facebook. “I was very upset and kind of just in disbelief.”
Goodfellas manager Mike McLaren has issued an apology and already someone has been fired over the incident.
“Once we have all of the information together, individuals like that do not work for this company. We do not tolerate that kind of action or speech,” said McLaren.