Barrett Morrison and Brandon Hamilton’s experience at Canada’s Wonderland made the Toronto Star here Thursday morning.
The couple were at the Vaughan theme park on June 18 for the annual “Gay Day”, an event held in part by Pride Toronto.
While waiting in line for the Lazy River ride, the two men hugged, but not in any way that would be deemed inappropriate.
Well, one park goer didn’t think it was appropriate. They brought their complaint to a park employee, who approached the couple and asked them to stop hugging and check their “behaviour because it’s a family park.”
Morrison and Hamilton “told off” the employee, who abandoned his mission and ended up apologizing.
The apology wasn’t enough.
The two men wrote a letter to Wonderland’s general manager, who said it was an isolated incident and that discrimination isn’t tolerated at the park.
The advocacy group PFLAG said the incident was “devastating” and said it was proof that the park’s staff hadn’t been properly trained.
Do you think the offended couple should have accepted the initial apology and moved past the ordeal, rather than take their complaint to Wonderland management and The Toronto Star?