Colorado Shelter Boots Homeless Man for Being Gay
"I don't allow homosexuals to use these facilities" is what John Garon says he was told by the Rev. Richard Thebo, director at the Fort Collins Colorado homeless shelter Open Door.
Thebo says that Garon was kicked out after he made a pass at another homeless man, causing an altercation:
"Garon was asked to leave after he 'hit on' another man at the shelter, which led to a fight, Thebo said. Staff and other clients were 'very put out' by Garon, Thebo said, because he'd flaunt his sexuality. Garon said he never made any advances toward anyone at the shelter and made only occasional, passing comments about his ex-partner."
Still, Thebo said, he can't stay there overnight because of his sexuality:
"However, even if Garon had not gotten into the altercation, he still could have been denied a bed at the shelter simply for being gay, Thebo said. Gays and lesbians are allowed to eat meals and take showers at the facility, Thebo said, but are not allowed to sleep in the shelter. 'I will not let them exert their sexuality here,' he said. 'Men have to sleep next to other men (in the shelter).'"
What would Jesus do?
Man claims he was evicted from shelter for being gay [the coloradoan]