Gay Issues

Lesbian Asked to Cover Pro-Gay Marriage Shirt at Dollywood

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Officials at Dollywood are rethinking their dress code after a lesbian complained that she was asked to turn her pro-gay marriage t-shirt inside-out.

The Associated Press reports that Olivier Odom said she was visiting the Dollywood Splash Country in Tennessee with her partner, their friends and their friends' children when a person at the ticket booth asked her to turn her shirt inside-out. It read "marriage is so gay."

Odom said she complied so as not to cause a scene in front of the children, but even so, she was offended. 

"Our whole deal is about marriage equality and being treated equally," said her partner Jennifer Tipton. "It's not that we're trying to cause a big stir."

A spokesman for Dollywood said the park has a dress code policy that asks people with potentially offensive clothing or tattoos to cover up.

"The park is open every day to everybody," spokesman Pete Owens said. "We try to provide an environment for families of all shapes and sizes to enjoy themselves."

Owens stresses that Odom was never asked to leave the park, just to turn her shirt inside-out.

Odom and Tipton told The Knoxville News Sentinel that they sent an email to the park officials, asking them to be more inclusive of gay families and to...

" implement policies that are inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people; conduct staff sensitivity training; and issue a public statement indicating that the park is inclusive of all families."

The spokesman said park officials are discussing the incident and will speak to the women directly. He said the complaints have sparked discussion at the park about the dress code.