“I cried a lot because I felt outraged,” civil engineer and businesswoman Gabriella Garrido, 30, told CORREIO about the homophobic approach she reported living in the restaurant Barravento with her girlfriend, Mayana Mendes, 30 , this Friday (16).
On social networks, Gabriella recounted how the employee who identified herself as a store manager asked her and his girlfriend to “contain their spirits and physical contact” in what was “a family environment”. After the outburst, the engineer told the story that she had never lived anything of the kind and was slow to understand what was going on.
“I arrived at the restaurant around 4 pm, it took almost 2 hours for him to take this approach. At sunset time, my girlfriend and I sat in the chair side by side. We took some pictures together, at one point I stroked her cheek, kissed her cheek, and she returned me with a pinch. That's all, ”Gabriella told MAIL.
At this point, an official who identified himself as Aurelio approached the two and asked them not to behave that way. “He asked us to 'contain our spirits'. It took me a while to understand what was going on. So I took off my glasses and said, ‘I didn't get it. What's the matter, exactly? ’. Then he said that this was a family environment and that "no such contact" was allowed, "Gabriella reported.
A regular at the restaurant, where she spent New Year's Eve 2000, 2001 and 2002 and attended weekly with her family, Gabriella said she knew it was a family atmosphere. “My grandfather is a resident of Barra, I grew up here with my family. Do you understand that what is happening can be considered a homophobic act? Please, I want to talk to your superior, ”said the engineer.
That was when the employee who identified himself as a manager said that he "complied with the rules of the house" and that such contact was not permitted there. “Then he just left. I cried a lot, ”Gabriella blurted. Even shaken, the engineer waited about an hour at the restaurant and called the police.
According to her, by the time the police arrived, the manager denied everything. “I called Dial 100, I called lawyers. Police came to the scene, I made the report, but he denied everything in front of the police. Said I was doing a show. After that, he started making fun of us in the kitchen, ”he said.
Sitting at the next table with her husband and a couple of friends, educator Jaíra Gonçalves, 37, said she saw everything. “They did nothing much. They gave a kiss, a peck, as I give my husband, and at that moment the manager arrived and I heard him saying that this action was not allowed, ”he said.
In the confusion, Jaira called a waiter to understand exactly what was going on and asked him if, if she and her husband gave the same peck, they would be equally prevented. “He said no and tried to defend the manager, so I asked him not to say anything else and asked for the bill. I went to the girls, hugged them and made myself available to witness, ”said the educator.
“They were very homophobic, and as I understand it, the employees share the same idea that a non-straight couple can't exchange affection. It was horrible. My husband and I no longer set foot in that place, ”said Jaira. “It is no longer necessary, in the 21st century, to deal with that kind of situation. It was too embarrassing to see those suffering girls like that. I'm here to help them and to help this crazy world, ”he said.
Gabriella also said that in 30 years she never had to "get out of the closet" because she never "got into it". “I am 30 years old, I have been employed for over ten years, my family members know and accept. I was always very well accepted in personal and professional environments, never needed to hide. Suddenly, in my environment, in my restaurant where I feel comfortable, where the waiters know me, and where I've always been treated well, it happens. It hurt alot. I had never been through this, ”he lamented.
Gabriella said she waited so long at the restaurant because she was looking for an apology. In social networks, the establishment said in a statement that “repudiates any act of intolerance to gender, color, sexuality, among others that violate the human right to freedom of choice” and that held a ceremony of 30 days ago marriage of a LGBT couple.
“The supposed act of homophobia linked to media and social networks, in the last 24 hours, was just a misinterpretation of the consumer, since Restaurante Barravento has a diverse audience and reaffirms its belief and commitment to diversity, certain that in love there is no room for prejudice ”.
At MAIL, Gabriella said she did not understand the note as an apology and was saddened by the response. “I waited an hour at the restaurant, left my contact and they didn't talk to me. Of course it may have been the act of a single person, but it need not represent the establishment. With their response, it became clear that the manager represented the restaurant's thinking, ”he said.
The MAIL contacted the restaurant and an employee said that "the orientation received is that there is nothing more to clarify than what has already been posted on social networks." The clarification note, however, was deleted from the restaurant's official page. See the print made by MAIL:
A new clarification note was issued by the restaurant later this Saturday (16). "Restaurante Barravento regrets the inconvenience it may have caused to its customers. The establishment repudiates any discriminatory act, whether homophobic, racist, gender or social. It believes and preaches free respect to all. Therefore, it apologizes to those who The Barravento Restaurant also informs that in feeling and respect for its customers, all of its service staff will go through the Municipal Institutional LGBT Program.