Thursday, July 21, 2011

Lesbian Couple Charges Dollywood with Discrimination

This is acceptable attire at Dollywood.
A lesbian couple is charging Dollywood, the east Tennessee amusement park owned by drag icon Dolly Parton, with anti-gay discrimination over the park's dress code.

The incident happened when Olivier Odom and Jennifer Tipton took the children of a friend to the Pigeon Forge park and an employee at the gate decided that Odom's t-shirt, which read [marriage is so gay], might be offensive to some guests. He asked her to turn it inside out before he would allow her to enter.

A park spokesman says it is the their policy to ask anyone wearing a shirt that other guests may find objectionable to either change it, or turn it inside out. Odom says in the following news report that she questioned the attendant about what exactly he found objectionable, but was not given a straight answer. She says she complied, rather than spoil the trip for the kids.

So let me get this straight. As seen in this video, a 300-pound woman in a leopard print bathing suit/moo moo and a shirtless 400-pound man, are perfectly acceptable, but a petite woman in a cool t-shirt that promotes tolerance is not.

Dolly Parton, who is a long-time advocate for LGBT equality and who can be quoted at every opportunity saying, "It takes a lot of money to look this cheap", may not even be aware of the incident. I'm sure she'll have a lot to say about it very soon.

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