A lesbian woman from Indiana has claimed that she was discriminated against when she was kicked out of a Michigan water park because she was wearing men’s swimming trunks.
Speaking to Michigan-based news station WSBT, Jill Sweeney told that she was removed from WildWater Adventure in Muskegon, Michigan on July 9 after spending three hours there celebrating her own bachelorette party, saying “I hate to say it, but I think it’s because I’m a lesbian”, adding “The supervisor had come up and she said ‘Ma’am, you have to wear a women’s bathing suit. You’re not allowed to wear men’s”.
Sweeney described her outfit as consisting of “men’s swimming trunks, a tank top and a sports bra”.
The water park’s website states that it requires its guests to wear swimsuits, while jeans and athletic clothing are not allowed. Commenting on the inside, WildWater Adventure general manager Camille Mark told WSBT, “A sports bra would not be a swimsuit. There are all kinds of non-gender specific swimwear available”.
When WSBT informed Mark that Sweeney felt she was targeted because she was a lesbian, Mark questioned “How would anyone be aware of her sexuality?”
Sweeney is presently considering filing a discrimination suit against the water park.
Two weeks ago, a gay porn actor was removed from a water park and called “queer” by a police officer because he was wearing a red Speedo.
Watch Sweeney speak about the incident below.
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