Sydney’s Imperial Hotel has denied it removed its rainbow flags ahead of a private function attended by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
The iconic venue is a favorite for the LGBTIQ community, having hosted several drag events among others, including the Miss First Nation competition last weekend.
On September 25, Scott Morrison shared a selfie he took with boxer Danny Green at the venue, which electronic music duo Stereogamous reposted this week on social media captioned with, “This is our homophobic Prime Minister at our local gay bar.”
Sydney DJ and musician Niveen Hoe also shared the post on her Facebook page, accusing the venue of removing “gay flags and adornments” ahead of the PM’s visit and calling for punters to boycott the venue.
“If you knew that Sydney’s most iconic LGBTQIA venue invited Scott Morrison in for a function, but removed gay flags and adornments in order to make this racist homophobe more comfortable, what would you do?” she asked.
“Personally, I won’t be working there anymore. At the risk of cutting off the hand that feeds me, I’m going to say NO to The Imperial Hotel.”
But in a Facebook post, the venue slammed the allegations and denied removing any flags for the event.
“Any accusation The Imperial Hotel, Erskineville recently removed our LGBTQI+ flags is simply NOT true,” they wrote.
“We will always proudly fly our rainbow colours in respect for our LGBTQI+ family, as we continue to support our community as we have done for The ‘YES’ Campaign, NAIDOC Week, Miss First Nation or special events that embody queer culture.
“In fact we recently installed a permanent custom-made framed rainbow flag into the wall above our front doors.”
(Top photo via Instagram)