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Gay listing angers hotelier

A Scottish hotelier is threatening legal action against a gay and lesbian magazine which listed a bar at his hotel as a homosexual hangout.

Nicol Manson, proprietor of the 30-bedroom Glen Mhor Hotel in Inverness, has instructed his solicitor to look at ways of forcing Edinburgh-based ScotsGay magazine to remove the entry.

ScotsGay named Nico’s Bar at the hotel as a venue where “gays mix with straights on Wednesday and Friday evenings”.

But Mr Manson, who is also chairman of the Highlands of Scotland Tourist Board (HOST), took exception to the listing and asked ScotsGay to remove it.

Editor John Hein then informed Mr Manson that the listing would be removed only if he told the magazine he did not want homosexual customers.

“I felt that was an invitation to discrimination,” said Mr Manson. “We aim our business at the widest possible range of potential clientele.”

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