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Disabled couple wins case after being ‘humiliated’ at Glasgow gay bar

Disabled couple wins case after being ‘humiliated’ at Glasgow gay bar

A disabled gay couple has won a case after being ‘humiliated’ at a Glasgow gay bar.

Last year, cerebral palsy sufferer Robert Gale was forced to crawl up the stairs of The Polo Lounge.

Nightclub bosses refused entry to him and husband Nathan, saying he was in a wheelchair and there was no facilities for him at their venue.

When the couple said they did not need disabled facilities, it led to a humiliating scene of Gale getting out of his wheelchair and pulling himself up a set of stairs and into the nightclub in front of customers on a busy city center street.

The couple took G1 Group to court for unlawful discrimination after the incident on 13 June.

And after a year long battle, Glasgow Sherrif Court ruled G1 Group had unlawfully discriminated against the couple today (11 June).

They will receive £2000 ($3560, €2480) in compensation.

Speaking after the ruling, the Gales said: ‘We are delighted with the result which sends a clear message to businesses across Scotland that disability discrimination is illegal and will not be tolerated, just as we would not accept discrimination on the basis of race or sexuality.

‘We hope this ruling will encourage companies to review their policies to ensure they comply with the law and provide the welcoming environment that their disabled customers deserve.’

The couple have both worked with equality charities in Scotland.

On the night in question, they had attended the Scottish Charity Awards as guests of the Equality Network – a Scottish LGBT equality charity – and won the ‘Campaign of the Year’ award.

The couple said it was particularly ironic and depressing to face discrimination at a gay venue on the night they had received an award for a major equality initiative.

Tim Hopkins, Director of the Equality Network, said: ‘We welcome this important judgement, which sends out a clear message that businesses must not discriminate, whether on grounds of disability or on any other grounds, such as sexual orientation or gender identity.

‘This case shows that people can use the courts to stand up against discrimination and win.’