Security guards at a popular Shanghai lounge are being accused of physically assaulting a lesbian couple in the club’s bathroom.
On Tuesday WeChat user Gabby claimed guards at the Nest, a waterfront club popular with Western expats,
attacked an androgynous friend who went into the women’s room with her girlfriend.
They began hitting her, according to some accounts, and kept doing so after she told them “I’m a woman.”
Gabby, a prominent local lesbian, also says a manager hurled homophobic slurs. She’s calling for boycott of the venue, which opened three years ago.
Mark Klingspon, cofounder of the Nest, confirmed the incident occurred but says the two stories “diverge significantly.” He claims his service manager was the one who was beaten.
“Regardless, I am sure that anyone that knows The Nest or our team or me, will know that there was no way that any of this unfortunate incident was fueled towards the LGBTQ community,” Klingspon added. “We embrace all and have members of this community amongst our team, our families, and our guests every night.”
In a followup, the Nest said it was “shocked and saddened” at the accusations and insisted the club is a “warm and welcoming home for all people of any sexual orientation, race, [and] religion.”