Montreal woman refused service at gay bar says rights violated

The Quebec Human Rights Commission will investigate a complaint filed by a woman against a Montreal gay bar that refused to serve her because she isn't a man.

A woman whosays she was refused service ata Montreal gay bar because she isn't a man will have her case investigated by the Quebec Human Rights Commission.

Audrey Vachon says she filed the complaint after the staff at Le Stud, in Montreal's gay village, refused to serve her.

Vachon, 20,says she and her father, Gilles Vachon, had stoppedin at Le Studon a quiet afternoon recently to kill some time when a waitercame over and told him the bardoesn't serve women.

"He asked us to leave," she told CBC's French-language service. "We said it’s illegal to discriminate like that. But we didn’t have much time to argue. We just left."

The young student from Longueuil on Montreal's South Shoresays she was humiliated. If a homosexualwas refused service, she says, she would be the first to stand up forhis rights.

Michel Gadoury, the bar's owner,says that with the exception of "women’s night," his establishment has always enforced a men-only policy.

"I have a clientele to respect. And the clientele demands a masculine environment. So we make sure it’s masculine," he said Wednesday.

With files from the Canadian Press