Two sides say dispute over Habana Inn now resolved

Posted on 26 Jul 2007 at 6:14pm
By John Wright Staff Writer

A dispute involving the Habana Inn, a popular gay resort in Oklahoma City, reportedly has been resolved.

The group Bring Down the Beast was formed last month and launched a Web site calling for a boycott of the Habana Inn, alleging the resort had mistreated LGBT guests. In particular, Bring Down the Beast said the Habana Inn’s security staff had used excessive force.

Earlier this month, Bring Down the Beast had to take down the Web site after the Habana Inn obtained an injunction, according to reports. In an e-mail July 18, Bring Down the Beast spokesman Jeremy Turner called for an end to the boycott. The e-mail said the Habana Inn had replaced its security staff.

“Habana Inn ownership has taken immediate, fair and appropriate steps to confront the problems, and BDTB feels this to be a sincere commitment to protecting their interests, the patrons and the neighborhood,” the e-mail reads in part. “We are looking forward to the Habana Inn becoming the hub of the community again and encourage everyone to behave as responsible citizens when visiting there.”

Turner could not be reached for comment.

In a faxed statement to Dallas Voice, Habana Inn manager Robert Nichols confirmed the two sides had buried the hatchet. Nichols declined further comment.

“Jeremy Turner made contact with us on Wednesday, July 18. We listened to his concerns, and by the end of the 10-minute phone conversation, he seemed to be comfortable with the steps the hotel had already taken to address their issues,” the statement reads.

“The Habana Inn has served the LGBT community for over 20 years, and we plan to continue to do so for many more years to come. We have always valued our guests, and it is our intent to provide them with the highest level of accommodations and service possible at an affordable price.” Nichols’ statement continued.

E-mail wright@dallasvoice.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 27, 2007

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