ALICE SPRINGS, Australia -- Armistead Maupin, writer of the popular “Tales Of The City” series, was in Australia on a book tour when he visited Alice Springs with his husband Chris Turner last week.
They went into Bojangles Saloon to have lunch and approached a staff member behind the bar to ask if they were serving food.
According to Maupin, they were told to take a seat, after which Maupin's husband Chris asked if he could use a restroom.
"The guy said, sorry, we don't have one in here but you can go across the street to the public facility."
Maupin, who had used the toilet in Bojangles the day before, said he pointed in the direction of the toilet and said 'what's that over there?'
"[The barman] gave me a very pointed look and said that's reserved for 'real men'," Maupin said.
"Neither one of us could quite believe he'd said it, and he actually repeated it, [he said] 'see the sign on the door, it says gents, it's for real men.'"
Maupin and Turner immediately left the establishment and made an official complaint at the Visitor Information Centre.
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