At a la Restaurant, This Gay Actor Was Told He Couldn’t Kiss His Date

At a la Restaurant, This Gay Actor Was Told He Couldn't Kiss His Date

Drew Droege took to Instagram to share his homophobic experience at El Compadre in Echo Park.

Drew Droege, the out actor renowned for his funny online parodies of Chloe Sevigny, went on a “very wonderful date” on Monday night.

The pleasant date, however, was tarnished by a “very sad, terrible moment in the middle,” as he described in an Instagram post.

Droege and his unknown companion dined and drank at Los Angeles’ famed Mexican restaurant El Compadre, where he thought both the meal and the service were great. They remained after paying for their dinner while they awaited a downtown concert.

Droege and his date put their arms around each other and kissed as they completed their drinks. According to Droege, they were contacted by a manager and told they weren’t permitted to do so, and after expressing misunderstanding, they were told, “This is a family restaurant.”

Droege inquired whether anybody had complained about their behavior after observing the straight couples doing the same thing.

The manager “threw his hands in front of us and yelled, ‘I don’t care if you’re the President of the United States, we don’t accept your conduct here,'” according to the report.

After departing, Droege had a few opinions about the matter. Droege expressed surprise that anything like this could happen in Echo Park at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday in 2022, but he also emphasized the larger impact that incidents like this have on members of the LGBTQ+ community.

“Ever wonder why homosexual folks are typically nervous?” he enquired. “Why do we speak so quickly? Why do we labor so hard to satisfy people and be excellent little world citizens?”

Droege closed the caption, “After this occurred to us, we walked outside and made out in their parking lot,” after swearing never to return and urged others to do the same.

El Compadre issued a statement on their official Instagram account shortly after Droeges’ ordeal became widely publicized, claiming that they were investigating the incident and that they “stand with the LGBTQ+ community” and “hold no space for intolerance, hate, or unjust treatment of our beloved guests regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, or status.”

“We have read all of your comments and concerns, and we are investigating what occurred Monday night at our Echo Park store,” the message said. “While we work to learn more, we want to make it clear we stand with the LGBTQ+ community and hold no space for intolerance, hate, or unjust treatment of our beloved guests regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, or status. We were founded on the fundamental principle of doing everything with love, and we will do everything it takes to continue to cordially welcome any and all quests into a secure community.”

The statement continued:

“Please allow us time to investigate what happened, acquire further facts, and take appropriate action. We will keep you updated as soon as possible. We love you and appreciate your patience as we attempt to resolve this.”

 

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