Backlash After Quebec Nightclub Tosses Patrons Who were 'Too Homosexual'

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Sunday July 24, 2022
Originally published on July 21, 2022

A popular night spot in Quebec sparked a backlash when one of its employees asked a group of friends to leave because they were "too homosexual," according to Canadian newspaper the Toronto Sun.

Quebec resident Nicolas Gaudreault took to Facebook to say that he and his friends were "dancing and having fun" at Le Dagobert on the evening of July 16 when they were approached by a worker at the club and told that their dancing and attire were "too HOMOSEXUAL" for other club patrons, and they were asked to leave.

"Some customers were bothered by our clothes, bothered by our dance moves," Gaudreault said they were told, adding that the employee asked the group to leave the establishment before things "ended up in a fight."

"A fight," Gaudreault scoffed. "All we did was dance and have fun."

"Of course we looked gay CAUSE WE ARE," he added. "And I'll never be ashamed of it."

Gaudreault said that some other patrons at the establishment were throwing wine bottle corks at him and his friends, pointing at them, and harassing them in order to make them leave the club — behavior, he wrote, that he "condemned."

Moreover, he wrote, "I condemn the Dagobert employees who are clearly aware of these situations and who prefer to turn a blind eye, to the detriment of having a safe and inclusive environment for customers."

"The allegations triggered strong backlash against the venue, located along Quebec City's famous Grande Allee Street," the news article recounted, detailing that the next evening, July 17, "popular singer-songwriter Emile Bilodeau took the stage at a major outdoor music festival in Quebec City — Festival d'ete de Quebec — and told the crowd to boycott the club. Then he encouraged them to join in a crude song targeting the venue."

The singer subsequently claimed that the club had threatened him with a lawsuit.

There were also reports of workers at Le Dagobert being "assaulted," the news article said, but "Justine A.-Lebrun, a spokesman for Bilodeau, said Wednesday that 'in no way did he incite his fans to go after the bar or anyone else.'"

Le Dagobert also addressed the incident on Facebook, the article said, posting "that it fired one of its employees in response to the accusations of homophobia."

The post did not seem to still be up at the club's Facebook page on July 21, but the news article quoted the club saying, "After further verifications, interrogations and viewing of images, we found that an employee took the initiative to suggest to customers to move or to leave." The post added that "ill-intentioned customers should have been expelled."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.