A Korean spa and wellness center in northern Virginia, near Washington DC, has said it would refuse to serve LGBT people because they have “abnormal sexual behaviors and orientation,” ThinkProgess reported.
Fairfax-based Spa World has seen The Better Business Bureau launch an investigation into the county after an LGBT customer was forced out from the premises by the staff. According to the reports, she was told to leave due to her sexual orientation.
The spa has nude single-gender bathing pools. Customer Riya Suisin told ThinkProgress, “They told me that I was not welcome there and to leave because I looked a little different.”
The investigation revealed that the company was unabashedly anti-LGBT, sending the Better Business Bureau a letter that “demonstrated staggering homophobia and anti-trans sentiments.”
This is what the bureau reported:
“The Better Business Bureau opened an investigation, and on Jan. 28, Spa World representative Sang Lee responded to the BBB in writing by stating “It is our policy to not accept any kinds of abnormal sexual oriented customers to our facility such as homosexuals, or transgender(s).”
The Spa World written reply goes on to say that the spa stands by this policy for the sake of young children who utilize the facility. “Also, for the safety and the comfort of young children at Spa World, we strongly forbid any abnormal sexual behaviors and orientation in our facility. Despite the controversial issue of homosexuality and transgender, it is our policy to not accept them,” Lee wrote. Lee did not return calls seeking further comment.
When she received it, Suising said she could not believe the response.”
But despite the public outcry against the spa’s anti-LGBT policies and discrimination against Suising, there is no legal recourse she can take, as Virginia has no anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBT people.
Ironically, as Fairfax County attempted to pass such laws, it was not allowed to do so because of the state’s “Dillon Rule” that ensures the central state government has direct control over localities, and with state legislature’s approval, counties are unable to counter state rulings.