LoveBelfast was created to promote what’s good about this city. I was not born in this country but I have made it my home in the last 5 years since moving from Lithuania. I have always supported the city with positivity (#Takebackthecity) but unfortunately I recently experienced discrimination based on my looks or accent at a venue in Belfast and was refused entry, with no reason given.
I don’t understand how bouncers are able to refuse people entry based on nothing more than appearance. Surely if how you look or talk is the only thing they know about you refusing entry is lookism, sexism and/or racism. I’m surprised at the general acceptance of this practice in Belfast.
When patrons of certain racial backgrounds are refused entry into nightclubs, pubs and bars it is offensive and distressing to the individuals concerned. It also damages the reputation of the entertainment and hospitality industries….. Sad and disappointed.