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Airbnb Member Banned from Site for Kicking Out Gay Couple

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | May 06, 2015

Airbnb Member Banned from Site for Kicking Out Gay Couple

According to Foti Kallergis of, Airbnb was forced to ban one of its users from the site after it was reported that she discovered it was a gay couple that rented her home and decided to kick them out.

The renter, Jonathan Wang, booked the Galveston, Texas, home for two-nights at around $140 per night. After Wang and his partner unpacked their belongings and got ready for the wedding they were in town to attend, they left for the reception.

When the two men returned to the rental property, Wang was confronted by the home owner. He described the conversation to Kallergis, saying, “Heather asked me, where my wife was. Who is this person? I said it was my significant other Brent. She said I thought you were bringing a wife. I said I didn't say that specifically. I said is that going to be OK? She said it's not.”

After packing their belongings, Wang and his partner were forced to leave the house immediately without another place to stay. They attempted to book a new room for the night, but the majority of hotels in the area were booked for the weekend.

Wang was eventually able to call a friend to get a room for the night.

In the homeowner’s description, the ad for the property read “straight friendly,” something Wang did not take notice of until he was confronted by the owner. When reached out to Airbnb, the company gave the following response:

“We have a zero tolerance policy for discrimination on Airbnb. The host in question has been removed from the site. Airbnb has clear guidelines that a host or a guest may not promote hate or bigotry.”

Airbnb also issued Wang a refund and paid for the room he was forced to book after being kicked out.


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