Airbnb Dumps Host Who Refused To Allow Gay Couple To Stay

Airbnb is one of many companies making it known that anti-gay discrimination won't be tolerated.

Airbnb has given the boot to a Texas bed and breakfast listed with the company after it was reported that they would not accommodate a gay couple.

Jonathan Wang and his partner Brent were in Galveston for a wedding when they were confronted by the bed and breakfast owner (identified simply as “Heather)”. According to Wang, “Heather” said she thought he would be bringing a wife along on the trip.

“I said, ‘I didn’t say that specifically … is that going to be OK? She said, ‘It’s not,'” Wang told KTRK-TV.

Not content to kick them out at the last minute, Wang said, “She also commented while we were going upstairs that was their bedroom upstairs so they were even more uncomfortable with it.”

“Heather” didn’t confirm or deny he details of Wang’s account, but she did comment that she was “of my legal realms and morals” to deny the couple service, and it was later revealed that the ad described her property as “straight friendly.”

The whole situation is awful, but if there’s a PR positive in all of this, it’s the way Airbnb responded. The company gave Wang his money back and paid for the hotel the couple stayed in in addition to dumping Heather’s property from the site. In a statement, the company said:

We have a zero tolerance policy for discrimination on Airbnb. The host in question has been removed from the site. Airbnb has clear guidelines that a host or a guest may not promote hate or bigotry.

These days companies are taking a very strong stance against anti-gay policies. One need only look to what happened in Indiana to see that this sort of discrimination isn’t taken lightly by consumers and influencers alike.

via Huffington Post