Cries of discrimination and outrage were sparked after Will Trinkle and Juan Granados were banned from their Roanoke athletic club because they are gay parents and aren’t considered a ‘real’ family.
Even though they paid for membership, Will Trinkle and Juan Granados were not allowed to swim at the Roanoke Athletic Club in Virginia after trying to take their son Oliver to the pool. The club only allows children access to the pool if they have two heterosexual parents.
“It was like someone punched us in the stomach,” Trinkle told reporters during a press conference. “It’s from a place we couldn’t imagine that there would be this kind of discrimination and this kind of attack. We have come a long way but this shows we have a long way to go.”
After the story got out, more than 35,000 supporters have already joined a petition against the club, in order to allow children and their gay parents to swim at the pool.
The club, however, is staying firm on their decision even though Trinkle and Granados originally signed up for the family plan.
The club defines “family” as a “husband, wife and their children – ages 21 and younger – living at home.”
— Lorraine Chow
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