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Hotel may keep out straight people who threaten gays 威脅同志客群 異性戀被拒門外

Managing Director of the Peel Hotel, Tom McFeely, leans up against the hotel's bar in Melbourne, Australia, May 28, 2005.二OO五年五月二十八日,澳洲墨爾本皮爾旅館的常務董事湯姆.麥菲力斜靠著館內的吧台。

Photo: AFP

An Australian hotel with many gay customers can keep out straight people who may bother gay customers.

The manager of the Peel Hotel, in Melbourne, Australia, had to ask special permission from the government to keep out some straight guests.

The hotel said they were trying to stop some straight people who come to the hotel to insult or yell at the gay customers.

Normally, a company cannot keep people out because of their race, age or sexuality. But in this case, the hotel was called an exception.

The decision means that the hotel can keep someone out if that person might threaten the safety or comfort of other guests.

One group that looks out for human rights, Liberty Victoria, supports the decision. They said that straight people have many places to go, so it should be okay for the hotel to create a safe space for gay customers.

(Jason Cox, Staff Writer with AFP)

澳洲一家擁有眾多同志客源的旅館,有權拒絕可能打擾同志客人的異性戀者進入。

澳洲墨爾本皮爾旅館的負責人,已向政府請求拒收部分異性戀客人的特殊許可。

皮爾旅館表示,他們試圖保護同志客群免受異性戀客人的羞辱或吼叫。

一般來說,公司行號不能基於種族、年齡或性別因素拒人於門外,但皮爾旅館的情況例外。

這項決議意味著,皮爾旅館可以將可能影響其他顧客安全或舒適的民眾擋在門外。

支持這項決議的人權團體Liberty Victoria認為,異性戀者還有很多地方可去,所以皮爾旅館提供同志客群安全環境的做法並無大礙。

(翻譯:林倩如)

TODAY'S WORDS 今日單字

1. straight adj.

異性戀的 (yi4 xing4 lian4 de5)

例: AIDS is a problem among straight and gay communities alike.

(愛滋病是異性戀者和同志族群共同的問題。)

2. permission n.

許可 (xu2 ke3)

例: I need my mom's permission to go to Dan's house.

(我得得到老媽的許可才能去丹家。)

3. exception n.

例外 (li4 wai4)

例: I normally wear white socks, but today's an exception. I'm wearing black ones.

(我平常都穿白襪,但今天例外,我穿的是黑襪。)

4. human rights n. phr.

人權 (ren2 quan2)

例: Basic human rights include the rights to life and liberty.

(基本人權包括生命權及自由權。)


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