Separate but equal in El Paso?

Posted on 16 Jul 2010 at 10:13am

A year ago two gay men were kicked out of a Chico’s Tacos restaurant in El Paso for kissing — and even threatened with arrest under the state’s unconstitutional sodomy statute. In response, David Cooper is opening  a “gay restaurant” in El Paso to serve as a sanctuary. KFOX 14 reports:

Cooper said Kobe will provide a comfortable and upscale environment for all without fear of judgment or discrimination.

“Whether you’re gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, or you know whatever the case may be, often it’s difficult for people in the gay community to just interact in society without being harassed or berated in some way,” said Cooper.

Cooper said the idea has been in the works for about a year since two men were kicked out of Chico’s Tacos, reportedly for kissing.

“So when that event transpired, it was just evident to me that the time was overdue for a facility, an upscale offering from the food and beverage standpoint, a restaurant for the gay community,” said Cooper.

One of the men involved in the Chico’s incident is now helping to promote Kobe.

Is this really an effective response? It sounds like self-segregation — or  separate but equal — to me. What do you think?

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