Disabled man wants Glasgow club snubbed in access row

Share this article
Have your say

An Edinburgh man has launched a campaign to ­boycott a Glasgow nightclub after claiming he was refused entry because he was in a wheelchair.

Robert Softley Gale, 33, who has cerebral palsy and will be performing a show about ­disability entitled If These Spasms Could Speak at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, had just attended the Charity Awards in Glasgow.

He was with his partner Nathan Gale, 28 – who works for the Scottish Transgender Alliance – when bouncers at The Polo Lounge, in Glasgow city centre, refused him entry to the bar.

Mr Gale, who lives in Leith and has attended the popular gay venue before, said: “The doormen said I couldn’t come in because I’m a wheelchair user – I crawled in past them to show I can move independently and they then phoned the police, who came and removed me.”

Kristin Nicol, director of risk and compliance, at pub owner G1, said that three men had been removed from the venue by police for “their disorderly and antisocial conduct”.