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The Gay Dog

Timothy Kincaid

April 26th, 2010

Thai Spice in Adelaide, Australia has a fast and firm policy about what animals are let in the restaurant. It may be an impromptu policy, but they stand by it.

So when employees misunderstood Ian Jolly’s wish to bring in his guide dog, they were adamant: no way was he bringing in a gay dog (Herald Sun)

At an Equal Opportunity Tribunal conciliation hearing on Friday, the restaurant agreed to provide Mr Jolly with a written apology and attend an Equal Opportunity education course, in addition to paying him $1500.

“The staff genuinely believed that Nudge was an ordinary pet dog which had been desexed to become a gay dog,” a statement from the hearing said.

What relevance does this story have? None, really. But it did give me an excuse to post this movie poster from 1954.



April 26th, 2010 | LINK

“Stan forgot to mention that his dog is a gay homosexual!”

— Eric Cartman

Jim Burroway
April 26th, 2010 | LINK

I had to say “gay” and “guide” with an attempted Australian accent before I could figure out how the confusion came about.

Emily K
April 26th, 2010 | LINK

oh, i see. so it would sound like “GAI-dog” when spoken quickly, in an aussie accent. The word “Gay” would sound more like how we say “guy,” and the “d” in “guide” would get suppressed by the “d” in “dog.”

Still, why the hell wouldn’t they allow a dog in just because he is a gay dog? who the hell cares? if the dog is fixed there’s no issue.

Jim Burroway
April 26th, 2010 | LINK

I suspect that like most restauraunts in the “English”-speaking world (I know; with Aussies, that designation is a stretch), they probably wouldn’t allow a straight dog either. Just guide dogs — if they had understood that it was a guide dog they wanted to bring in the first place. That is, assuming they meant what they said when they posted the sign on the door indicating that guide dogs were welcome.

April 26th, 2010 | LINK

I guess they think we’re so obnoxious that we even have to announce our dogs’ sexual orientation. :P

Paul in Canada
April 26th, 2010 | LINK

Truly someone needed a wack-upside-the-head with a canoe paddle!

John in the Bay Area
April 26th, 2010 | LINK

I’m just curious. Does anyone know that this woman’s breasts have to do with the gay dog?

On second thought…I withdraw the question.

April 26th, 2010 | LINK

How pathetic to be so uptight about gays that they actually care how dogs get it on.

April 27th, 2010 | LINK

The idea of caring whether a dog is gay — to the extent that it should be barred from a restaurant where straight dogs are presumably admitted — is so bizarre and hilarious that I can’t bring myself to feel offended by it, even though I kind of want to.

I mean, jeez, you don’t want the little guy “burying his bone” inside of the restaurant, if you know what I mean, and I think you do, heh heh.

John in the Bay Area
April 27th, 2010 | LINK

I could be wrong, but didn’t Reese Witherspoon have a gay dog in one of her movies, that little chihuahua that she was dressing in frilly outfits.

April 28th, 2010 | LINK

The “desexed” remark is puzzling, too.

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