British gay couple offended by double bed ban
June 30, 2004
LONDON — It was a true clash of cultures. Stephen Nock, a gay man from
London, assumed it would be a matter of routine to book a double
room at a remote Scottish guest house for himself and his long-term
But Tom Forrest, owner of the bed-and-breakfast accommodation in
the Scottish Highlands, where a sometimes stern Presbyterian spirit
remains strong, had other ideas.
He would be happy to rent the couple a room with twin beds at
the guest house in the village of Kinlochewe, "but we will not
condone your perversion" with a double bed, he wrote in an e-mail,
the Times newspaper said Wednesday.
Angry at the response, Nock replied by suggesting that Forrest
"Bigot? No. Respect for other guests," came the reply.
"Homophobic? No, I have no hatred or fear of poofs, etc – I
just do not approve of unnatural acts being performed in my home."
Nock in return asked the Scottish tourism board to remove the
guesthouse from a list of recommended accommodation on its website,
saying that the prejudice had "depressed" him, the report said.
The tourism board asked the guest house owner to act
differently, but he has refused to back down, saying he ran a
"I have had bent people coming to stay, but they have had a twin
room and respect our wishes," Forrest was quoted as saying. – Sapa-AFP
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