The Surry Hills Liqour Accord is tackling homophobia in its code of conduct for patrons in the inner-city party precinct.
The code — developed by the bar licensees and managers who make up the Accord — is a reminder, to be posted in establishments, for revellers who come to the city to act with respect.
The seven-point list asks patrons to respect those who live in the area, pace their consumption, take directions from staff and “say no to homopbobia and anti-social behaviour”.
“Legally, it is not enforcable. But it is in the sense that anti-social behaviour can lead to criminal behaviour,” Liqour Accord coordinator David Cass said.
“This is not in reaction to anything specific. It’s just a reminder that anti-social behaviour and homophobia are not on in our precinct.
“There are a lot of people who come into our precinct, of all types of philosophies and persuasions, so it is important to provide a reminder that homophobia really isn’t on.”
Whether bar or door staff will intervene when they see incidents of homophobia will be up to individual establishments.
“Some will and some have stepped in over incidents. Some possibly won’t,” Cass said. “Again, it’s a reminder — to some of our members as well.
“It’s not there to specifically tell managers how to direct their door staff. But we do have security companies that are actively involved with the Accord, so it’s getting the message out to them as well.
“The last point of the code is that people will take directions from staff and management. That again gets back to how to address incidents of homophobia. If management and staff respond to an incident, then this reminds people that they need to take note.”

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