Lesbian newlyweds have honeymoon from hell due to 'homophobic hotel staff'
'Surely we should be allowed a small display of affection on our honeymoon?'
A lesbian couple who flew to Mexico for a luxury ten-day honeymoon says homophobic staff ruined it.
Emma Louise Morris and her wife Jo married on 1 July. They flew to Mexico for a ten-day stay at a five star resort in Riviera Maya on 3 July.
Emma post on Facebook about the incident. She said they paid ‘ over £3000 for our honeymoon to Mexico which is more than double my monthly wage.’
The first 3 days were bliss.
And then everything went wrong.
Emma told the Daily Mail when ‘my wife had used the phrase ‘my wife’… this is when everything changed.’
When staff realized the two were a couple, Emma says Jo was called a ‘f*cking dyke’ by a waiter/barman.
She alleged: ‘We were told by a barman that we can “have what we’re given” when we asked for drinks.
‘We were ignored at every meal time you’re not allowed to get your own drinks but the waiters ignored us so much that my wife had to go up to a waiter (usually stood at the bar doing nothing) to ask for our drinks and she was always told she had to go sit down.’
‘We didn’t even hold hands in public’
Emma said to GSN: ‘We didn’t even so much as hold hands in public on our honeymoon, let alone anything else.’
In addition to the verbal abuse, Emma wrote on Facebook ‘the maids broke a glass ashtray on our balcony and it took us to tell THIRTEEN people and nearly five days for it to be cleared up, my wife had glass in her foot that then got infected because of their neglect!’ Emma adds.
According to Emma, it took Thomas Cook a month to reply to Emma’s complaint about the holiday. She says they were offered £500 ($640) in Thomas Cook vouchers or £300 ($384) cash.
The couple stayed at Grand Bahia Principe Tulum Resort. Emma left a review on TripAdvisor explaining what had happened.
A management representative from the resort responded a week later. They said they would be checking ‘every point mentioned in your review to make the necessary adjustments as soon as possible.’
We spent a lot of time hid away from people’
Emma expressed her distress on Facebook. She said: ‘I can’t explain how upsetting it is to feel so shit on my honeymoon.
‘I felt like if I looked at my wife in the wrong way we would be subject to abuse so we spent a lot of time hid away from people, we spent every evening in our room rather than at the bar or watching entertainment.’
GHD hair straighteners were also broken and hidden under a chair in the hotel room. Emma says they were left in perfect condition when they left the room.
They have complained to Thomas Cook, but one friend on Facebook asked if complaining directly to the hotel would help.
Emma explained they were trying to speak to managers while on the holiday but ‘no one cared’.
‘We don’t choose to be “different”, this is who we are’
When GSN ask about what’s happened since, Emma said they have had people say they deserved what happened ‘because we didn’t research the hotel/destination.’
She says they had researched and when they found the hotel holds gay weddings they ‘assumed they are gay friendly!’
She explained to GSN: ‘I feel really hurt to have had our honeymoon ruined. We’re just a normal couple who fell in love and had the best day of our lives on our wedding day but this was brought down by our honeymoon.
‘Is all we did is refer to each other as wife as we had just got married, surely we should be allowed this small display of affection on our honeymoon?’
Emma herself has never experienced such acts of homophobia. They don’t show PDA in public normally through fear of offending people.
She said to GSN: ‘Those that are hateful towards LGBTI need to understand we don’t choose to be “different” this is who we are, why should we spend our lives hiding in an unhappy life when we just want to be with someone we have fallen in love with like everyone else!’
‘I’m fed up of people telling me that me and my wife are forcing our gay life on people.’