Gay couple told Leeds bar was for ‘mixed couples only’

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A gay couple were refused entry to a bar when bouncers told them they let in “mixed-sex couples” only.

Patrick Hannon, 30, and Jake Archer, 25, had enjoyed a meal before heading to Jake’s Bar in Leeds for a drink at about 10:00PM on March 24th.

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The couple, from Newcastle, were left “speechless” when they were not allowed in because they were both men.

The venue said it “never discriminates” and is investigating the incident with its “externally supplied” door team.

Public sector worker Mr Archer said there was no queue outside the bar and neither he nor his partner were drunk.

“We were a bit taken aback to say anything,” he said.

“I was just thinking that if Paddy was my girlfriend then we would have been allowed in. It’s discrimination.”

The pair, who have been together for two-and-a-half years, said they were too shocked to argue with the doormen and went elsewhere.

Mr Hannon, a police officer, said: “If we were drunk or in a large group then you would understand.

“They need to think about how it makes them look – as a bar they are not very open minded.”

Mr Archer tweeted the bar about the incident, but did not receive a response.

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