Puerto Vallarta may be renowned as one of the most gay friendly cities in Mexico, but discrimination still rears its head from time to time.
The National Commission to Prevent Discrimination (Conapred) has revealed that it has sanctioned a discotheque in the port after a same-sex couple were booted out by security for kissing.
The couple said they were told by a security guard at “La Santa” night club that such behavior was only permitted between males and females. When they objected, security guards removed them by force.
In reparation, the discotheque must now write a letter of apology to the couple, place a sign on the door of the establishment promising not to discriminate in the future and agree to have their staff receive training in discrimination law.
Conapred’s ruling on the Vallarta club coincided with 15 other businesses in nine states and Mexico City.
Meanwhile, in another incident, Union Diversa Jalisco says it has has submitted a compliant to Conapred after an hotel in Puerto Vallarta that advertises weddings refused to allow a same-sex couple to get married there. According to a web posting, an employee at Las Palmas by the Sea told the couple that the hotel “does not do weddings for these kinds of people” because it is “a family” establishment.